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SISYPHOS

SISYPHOS

The Art of Noise

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Photo by Irma FS / UY Studios

Photo by Irma FS / UY Studios

Vogue u.S. - From Clubwear to Costume, Meet the Collective Moving Berlin’s Fashion Agenda Forward

“A row of dancers capped in swooping, conical headdresses, with faces obstructed by a mane of synthetic blonde hair, appeared half human, half beast. They charged towards the Russian soloist Valentin Tzin, who convulsed on the ground, trying to grab onto their floor-length skirts. The metallic paint that covered his body had begun bleeding into his sweat, like a golden figurine liquefying under molten-hot temperatures. Here, captured in full-bodied animation and dirtied by the venue’s detritus, the pieces spoke to Berlin’s creative lexicon as much as they maintained a quintessential UY essence: the clothing became more than a representation of the sole wearer, but also of the various scenes and subcultures they may be a part of.”

Photo by Jona Alicia

Photo by Jona Alicia

Telekom Electronic Beats - Meet Drömfakulteten, The Collective Behind Some Of Sweden’s Most Forward-Thinking New Music

“Drömfakulteten is unusual in many regards. They are not necessarily codified by a strong activist ethos or creative manifesto. Their name was not decided by consensus, but accepted as a well-worn hand-me-down from the art collective whose accommodations they also inherited. Their membership is constantly in flux and nebulously defined by those who can afford to pay rent. Its current eleven affiliates, who all loosely share an experimental approach to production, strengthen their bonds through interconnected studio rooms of their own. “A few years ago, we were more spread out genre-wise, but we’re a bit more coherent now because we influence each other,” Katja says, explaining their entwined growth.’”

Illustration by  George Wylesol

Illustration by George Wylesol

Bandcamp Daily - Experimental Artist Nina Keith Shows the Limitations of Language

“About three times a day, every day, Nina Keith receives a randomized alert on her phone, a friendly reminder that reads: don’t forget you’re going to die. “I find it very therapeutic,” she says. It’s not the sort of thing the 30-year-old experimental artist freely discusses at dinner parties, for obvious reasons. But to truly understand Keith’s reality, you first have consider her favorite word of the moment: groundlessness. It’s a way of thinking that applies to her non-binary and trans identity, her curiosity within music, and her overarching “This, too, shall pass” ideology towards life.”


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ABOUT Me

Whitney Wei is an artist and writer based in Berlin. Her illustrations take inspiration from nightlife culture, as well as traditional East Asian art. Select drawings have been featured in Mixmag print and digital, Telekom Electronic Beats, VICE THUMP, and the New York Magazine blog Bedford and Bowery.

Her writing on electronic music and nightlife culture have appeared in The Guardian, Vogue US, Pitchfork, Mixmag, Crack Magazine, Boiler Room, and Telekom Electronic Beats.

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