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“What’s my DNA?” Virgil Abloh asks to an overflowing auditorium at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Abloh goes on to provide his audience with a “cheat code”—advice he wishes he had received as a student. He then unpacks a series of “shortcuts” for cultivating a “personal design language.” Trained as an architect and engineer, Abloh has translated the tools and techniques of his student days into the world of fashion, product design, and music. His label, Off-White, works in seeming contradictions, marrying streetwear with couture, collaborating with brands like Nike, Ikea, and the Red Cross; musicians like Lil Uzi Vert and Rihanna; and “mentors” like Rem Koolhaas. Impervious to hurdles (“They literally don’t exist.”), Abloh takes us behind the scenes of his design process, sharing the essentials of editing, problem-solving, and storytelling. He paints a picture of his DNA, and then flips the question: What’s your DNA?
5 ¼ × 8 ½ in. / 96 pages / 25 b&w
Retail Price: $14.00
Max Bach (Ed.)
How might we conceive of comradeship during a time that is increasingly predetermined by algorithms and governed by techno-politics? Austrian philosopher and political theorist Armen Avanessian chronicles his stay in Miami Beach during Art Basel as an experiment in writing about our times of individual optimization and digitization. An inventory of the self in the second person—and a philosopher’s reflections in the infinity pool of the art world—this book reckons with a new time complex as well as the aesthetics and infrastructures of the contemporary. Can we advance from conditions of financial feudalism and climate change to a progressive poetics of the digital? The city of tropical noir becomes a case study for a geopolitics and economics of the future: Miami vision, Miami vacation, Miami fiction, and Miamification. Avanessian is recognized for his teaching and fellowships at the Berlin Free School, Columbia University, and Yale, among others. His work on speculative realism and accelerationism in art and philosophy has found a wide audience beyond academia.
5 ¼ x 7 ¼ in. / 128 pp
Retail Price: $25.00