Dark Arts: Notes on Fashion, Content, and Magic

“In recent years, a lot of focus has been placed on how the fashion industry has become the epicentre of a new kind of global image culture, one that effortlessly bridges the terrains of social media and fine art. But when we spill ink on Jonathan Anderson and Grace Wales Bonner’s newfound practices as curators, or Demna Gvasalia’s and Alessandro Michele’s Dadaist manoeuvrings, or Virgil Abloh’s ability to design through WhatsApp threads, we often fail to recognize that the interdisciplinarity of these new super-creators is not an aesthetic decision or even a strategy: it is the metaphysical reality of the world we live in today: dance, film, painting, music, comedy, and any other form of cultural expression exist online as one thing called ‘content’…”

– This text appears in Spike #59. You can buy it in our online shop –