Issue V

Narcissism

Narcissus is pretty. Narcissus doesn’t love you.

ECOCORE exploits Narcissus as the symbol of the modern subject. Our imagination of the subject is made intricate by new perspectives on identity, the virtual, transcendence and how our aesthetic embodiment relates to capitalism. What are we as subjects and why is this question so often explored as a discourse of the body? What is our ‘nature’, and how do we get to it? How do we commune with the external as if it weren’t hostile? How do we cultivate an environment we want to participate in? Our psychic/social ecology meets with the environmental in haemorrhage of inner to outer. [...]

Narcissism is pathologised as a personality disorder/a phenomenon/a force that affects our precarious relation to the other. Our tech-driven, screen-gazing society enables a solipsistic narcissism, to the extent that we can identify it as typical of our cultural mood, our pixelated age. Narcissism is easily read as a destructive impulse towards extinguishing otherness, but is also identified as a traumatised and debilitated loving in which the only happy love can be the contained self-love by which all libidinal investment belongs to the ego.

Your mouth is the only part of yourself that you can kiss in the mirror.

  • Beach 61, Berlin, Summer 2016
  • Gabriele Beveridge
  • Martin Soto Climent
  • Patrizio di Massimo
  • Buck Ellison
  • DeSe Escobar
  • Seth Fluker
  • Isa Genzken
  • Rochelle Goldberg
  • Ethan James Green
  • Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings
  • Richard Hawkins
  • Lukas Hofmann
  • Lars TCF Holdhus / TCF Tea
  • Adrian Manuel Huber
  • Benjamin Ahmed Huseby
  • Emily Jones
  • Marie Karlberg
  • Veit Laurent Kurz
  • Paul Levack
  • Stefanos Mandrake
  • Marco Pio Mucci
  • Josip Novosel
  • Lisa Radon
  • Stefan Schwarzman
  • Ser Brandon Castro Serpas
  • SSTMRT
  • Anthony Symonds
  • Frances Stark
  • Thomas Tait
  • Anna Uddenberg
  • Francesco Vezzoli
  • Tore Wallert
Issue IV

G( )D

The G( )D issue seeks to explore G( )D as an ethical mechanism within deep ecology, biocentrism and nature’s profound mysteries. Deep ecology has emerged as a ‘secular’ proposal to reinstate spiritual intimacy and reverence for the earth. Nature has ended, meanwhile we enter into the new ideological sphere of ‘environmentalism’, directly subject to human action. Environmental crisis changes the basic facts behind the spiritual meaning of the world around us; presented as God’s creation, ‘Nature’ and what it signifies metaphysically has been perverted. In an age where fanatical and self-righteous lifestyle choices, kale tribes, health ‘binges’, fairtrade coffee (the price of staving off perdition included in the price of the cappuccino) tenuously abate a sense of guilt within consumerism. [...]

Ecology is the oldest and newest religion; a moral claim that nature has inherent value. Nature itself is calling for an end to instrumentalism and anthropocentrism, asking for us to reconstruct an idealised state of wilderness according to utopian values. ECOCORE questions the possibility of embracing the elusive nature of ecological systems, admitting to the limits of science when met with enigmas such as Higgs Boson or the ‘God particle’, in search of men's place in the continuity between science and mystery. Is it possible to restructure a future according to a biospiritual agenda in which pollution is in decline, agriculture is sustainable, and species are revived? ECOCORE The G( )D Issue looks at discussing the role eco-anxiety, ecoterrorism, ecofeminism, anthropocene theories, and radical environmentalist groups have to play in the restructuring of our contemporary ideology and our collective spiritual reactions to the environment. ECOCORE IV ventures to propose a politics of paradise, working on the principle that nature is sacred.

Ecocore IV : The G( )D issue was supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

  • Rosa Aiello
  • Alessandro Bava
  • Josh Bitelli
  • Juliette Bonneviot
  • Dora Budor
  • Harry Burke
  • Anne De Vries
  • Alex Mackin Dolan
  • Cedric Fargues
  • Caspar Jade Heinmann
  • Oskar Kahn
  • Pablo Larios
  • Luis Miguel Bendaña + Sam Lipp
  • Alexander May
  • Jacopo Mazzetti
  • Aaron McLaughlin
  • Anna Mikkola
  • Samia Mirza
  • Rasmus Myrup
  • Katja Novitskova
  • Palace
  • Octave Perrault
  • Greg Ponchak
  • Billy Rennekamp
  • Jack Self
  • Sydney Shen
  • Eric Veit
  • Albin Werle
Issue III

Fo.Od

The Fo.Od issue aims to exploit a classic lifestyle magazine format for its own statements about the intricacies, mysteries and image of food. [...]

Those of us living in a food culture defined by abundance relate to food in a way that is often perversely abstracted; organic food becomes a way of recreating nature by means of technology and we are consistently subject to the enigmas of GMO alchemy. The Fo.Od issue seeks to contextualise ‘the modern diet’ in relation to power structures, governmental exertions of influence and cultural ideals, whereby the Western model becomes ‘we are what we eat’ by virtue of the notion that ‘the body is the home of the soul’. The liturgy of contemporary lifestyle enables food to become a means of achieving purity, the denial of food a form of ascetic righteousness. Meanwhile, due to the systematic privatization of nature, commodification of food, and commercial management of human life, a global coordinated effort is obliged to regulate surplus and plenitude vs ‘food insecurity’. Unethical distribution underpins the notion of the industrial food economy as an unnatural mechanism. ECOCORE brings together artists, critical essays, and visual essays, that all have ecology and biopower at their heart, presenting a visual feast paralleled by a discussion of the moral and political economy of hunger and the biopolitics of food as an industry.

  • AA-DRL
  • Darren Bader
  • Alessandro Bava
  • Diane Bisson
  • Biayna Bogosian
  • Carlo Cracco
  • Gerald Domenig
  • Zachary Fluker
  • Manuele Gaioni
  • Yngve Holen
  • Oscar Khan
  • Nik Kosmas
  • Peter Lippmann
  • Tobias Madison
  • Luke Moore
  • Marlie Mul
  • Michelle Obama
  • Paul Outerbridge
  • Irving Penn
  • Hayley Aviva Silverman
  • Lucie Stahl
  • Francis Bitonti Studio
  • Dena Yago
Issue II

Dolphin

The Dolphin Issue reports from the fantastic world of the Ocean and its most human creatures, the Dolphins: facts, fantasies, conspiracies. [...]

It includes brazilian dolphins by Vincent Bevins, an essay by 16th century philosopher Giordano Bruno, an interview with Evo Morales, computational architecture, a photo-essay by Steven Meisel; sexy Mermaids, outdoor homos, anarcho-pauperism, biomorphic media theories, Kafka, beautiful nature, Aldo Rossi, an horoscope, net-community masterpieces; works from artists: Aids-3D, Marlie Mul, Cab Broskoski; and a large fiction section curated by Christopher Glazek.

  • Aids 3d
  • Daniel Ayat
  • Donald Barthelme
  • Silvio Berlusconi
  • Vincent Bevins
  • Cab Broskoski
  • Giordano Bruno
  • Grasshopper Community
  • Alexis de Toqueville
  • Nathaniel deLarge
  • Christopher Glazek
  • Franz Kafka
  • Annie Leiboviz
  • Steven Meisel
  • Evo Morales
  • Marlie Mul
  • Epic/g.Morales B. Oknyansky
  • Matteo Pasquinelli
  • Aldo Rossi
  • Thomas Ruff
  • Karley Sciortino
  • Bruce Weber
  • Timothy Whillie
Issue I

e-den

e-den Issue explores the idea of e-den.

It includes borderline techno-primitivism, anti-globalism, beauty, whole foods, a Manifesto for Guerrilla Ecology, an interview with Julian Assange, Louis Vuitton, original comissions by various artists (including Juan Antonio Olivares, Greg Fong, Ryan Foerster), surveys on Cloud Computing and Biofuels, an essay on political ecology and spatial practice, net poetry, Neri Oxman, essays from Pierre Klossowski and Felix Guattari. [...]

  • Julian Assange
  • Biothing
  • David de Rothschild
  • Disney
  • ecoLogicStudio
  • Ryan Foerster
  • Greg Fong
  • National Geographic
  • Felix Guattari
  • Jordan Bunny Kinney
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Gabriel Morales
  • Philippe Morel
  • Brittany Murphy
  • Barack Obama
  • Juan Antonio Olivares
  • Neri Oxman
  • Matteo Pasquinelli
  • PETA
  • Probotics
  • Isabella Rossellini
  • Louis Vuitton

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Editor: Alessandro Bava

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ECOCORE is an irregularly published ecology magazine.

ECOCORE aims to explore the camouflaged souls of ecology.

ECOCORE addresses the improper valuation given by hyperconsumption to shared, finite, natural resources. Negative externalities born by public and subsidised lives are calling for a re-examination of the “good cause”.

ECOCORE recognises that ecology’s identity has been repressed or relegated to areas where it ought not to be. Relying on prettiness as a tool to convey its ideas, ECOCORE strives to furtively edit ecology’s muddled identity and environmental awareness.

There are many new leading actors, decision makers, and partnerships that play increasingly important roles in what happens to the natural world. The proliferating complexity, immediacy, and ubiquity of environmental crises therefore demand novel and unusual human responses towards this new eco-governance.

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