SPIRALLED. A TRAVELLER'S UNRAVELLING OF TIME. OFF THE GRID IN THE NINETIES WITH THE NEW POWER GENERATORS AND F*** THE SYSTEM SOUND-SYSTEMS. SEANA GAVIN LIVED THIS LIFE, KEPT A DIARY, PHOTOGRAPHED IT, AND KEPT IT UNDER WRAPS. UNTIL NOW. NOW IN AN AGE OF SHARING EVERYTHING, SOMETHING RARELY SEEN...
That's the cover, nineties Honda lovers. Designed by Kate Rogers and Luke Powell, the book is wrapped in a folded poster of the before or after of a rave in a field.
Now pop the headlights and dance!
Under the covers. It says SPIRALLED. And if you can read it you probably had your mind altered some time ago at a free techno party. You can probably read barcodes too :)
Aliens and android Egyptians. From a personal archive of flyers and ephemera scattered through the book.
Seana in a field. Spiral Baby, Mother festival, Lincoln, 1995. Following the introduction of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act in 1994,Spiral Tribe and other sound systems quit the UK and headed for Europe. Seana went with them. That bomber jacket lining is already a long, long way from a dry clean.
Earning their raveller stripes. Painted trucks and stadium speakers behind them.
Amaze photo: Record dusting in Charlie and Alex’s truck, Hostomice, Czech Republic 1997.
That's what this book is all about: this kind of living.
And this kind of light.
In fact, all these kinds of lights. This from Marseille in 2000.
Naturally occurring spotlights in Rome. New Year's Day, 2002.
An aesthetic rarely seen now. Compare that with BOXPARK in Shoreditch. Compare any of these pictures to the Instagram posts of influencers at Coachella. The photographs (and the texts by Seana and Roderick Stanley) convey a real sense of freedom. In 2020 it reads like a freedom from phones, zoom calls and social media. An expansion of time. Time to experience life through travel, other people (remember them?), music and dancing.
Future's so bright... Solar Eclipse free party, Hungary 1999
The book is brilliant. The proof of that, of course, is in holding it in your own hands. It's published today (yay!) and available first on the button below.
Edition of 750. Softback with wraparound poster cover. 29cm x 24cm. 192 pages. What more do you need to know? Oh yes, it's £35.
WHAT SYSTEM DID DURING LOCKDOWN. PRODUCE THEIR BIGGEST BLOCK-BUSTING MEGA ISSUE YET. WITH THIRTY-FIVE COVERS SHOT BY JUERGEN TELLER AND THIRTY-FIVE SUBJECTS DEEP IN CONVERSATION. NO ONE IS GONNA FORGET THESE LAST THREE MONTHS BUT THIS IS FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS. ONE FOR YOUR GRANDCHILDREN. IT'S A TIME CAPSULE.
Lotta Volkova. Bugged out in her apartment - seemingly bugged by Juergen Teller. Thirty-five times Juergen found a way to make a picture for thirty-five covers of the new System. Ready for the list? It's a long one....
Andreas Kronthaler, Margherita Missoni, Isamaya French, Angela Missoni, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Angelo Flaccavento, Lotta (as mentioned), Gaia Repossi, Charles Jeffrey, Jerry Stafford, Julie de Libran, Fabrizio Viti, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jonathan Anderson, Victoria Beckham, Kim Jones, Tim Blanks, Matthew Williams, Bella Hadid, Natacha Ramsay-Levi, David Sims, Stefano Pilati, Rick Owens, Gwendoline Christie, Silvia Venturini Fendi, Tommy Hilfiger, Telfar Clemens, Suzanne Koller, Jean Touitou, Daniel Lee, Virgil Abloh, Yook Ahn, Hiroshi Fujiwara and of course Juergen and Dovile.
The cover question is the same for 'What do we talk about?'. Good question. And System have engineered techno hook-ups with some cool connects; Telfar Clemens and Tommy Hilfiger, Andreas Kronthaler and Isamaya French, Rick Owens and Gwendoline Christie.
Double page that shows both the Victoria Beckham and Kim Jones cover issues. And, yes, this is the interview we read first :)
What do we talk about? is half the story of this issue. The other half is What are we looking at? And that question is posed to seventeen art directors including Giovanni Bianco, whose portfolio of work covers the supercars in the garage above. They give visual answers and they speak, as each of the seventeen is interviewed by Thomas Lenthal. It makes this issue the standout reference to contemporary art direction in fashion.
Get fresh. Christopher Simmonds and Larissa Hofmann's amaze twenty page homemade experimental fashion and photography story with clothes by Christopher Kane. The fifteen other art directors are (ready for another list)...
Marc Ascoli, Fabien Baron, Veronica Ditting, Franck Durand, Dennis Freedman, David James, Ben Kelway, Patrick Li, LJBTN, M/M (Paris), OK-RM, Ezra Petronio, Jamie Reid, Lee Swillingham and Ferdinando Verderi.
OK. So... we chose five covers for IDEA online and Dover Street Market London (Lotta, David Sims, Telfar, Juergen and Dovile and Kim Jones). Remember it's 500 pages so order online and you pay the shipping, buy from DSM and you do the lifting :)
THE SUPER SUPERBOOKS JUST GOT BETTER (AGAIN)! SEXY JACKETS AND EROTIC AEROBICS. SPLATTER MOVIE BOOK AND THE COCAINE CONSUMER'S HANDBOOK. AND REMEMBER THIS IS JUST THE FIRST TWELVE. TOTAL NUMBER ONLINE MORE LIKE TWO HUNDRED FAULTLESS TRIPLE SOMESAULT AMAZE BOOKS!
Probably is the best selection of books at any one time in any one place in the whole history of the world. Click through. There are hundreds more.