poster for the film carnets de notes sur vêtements et villes (notebook on cities and clothes)
written and directed by wim wenders (1989)
commissioned by the cci, centre georges pompidou
© archives yohji yamamoto
"I have often asked myself why I enjoy writing (manually, that is) to such a great extent that usually the pleasure of having a nice sheet of paper and a good pen in front of me (as if it were the work bench of the bricoleur) makes up for the often thankless tasks of intellectual labor. Even as I reflect on what I should write (as is happening at this very moment), I feel my hand move, turn, connect, dive, rise, and often enough, as I make my corrections, erase or even obliterate a line. This field expands until it reaches the margins, thus creating, out of seemingly functional and minuscule traces (letters), a space which is quite simply that of art. I am an artist, not because I represent an object, but more fundamentally, because, as I write, my body shudders with the pleasure of marking itself, inscribing itself, rhythmically, on the virgin surface (virginity being the infinitely possible)… . Writing is not only a technical activity, it is also a bodily practice of jouissance."
— Roland Barthes, from the preface to La civilisation de l’écriture
by Roger Druet and Herman Grégoire (via awritersruminations
Yohji Yamamoto, Fall/Winter 1991‐92
Yamaguchi Akira, “Narita International Airport” (2005)
"People should be exploding, blown away by creativity. It seems like people, I hope it’s wrong, but it seems like the young generation are so scared, I don’t understand why. I think today, for me, punk is an attitude and today people are so scared to be punk because there is so much money involved in society, there is so much selfishness. In the last two decades, it is all about business."
— Riccardo Tisci
(Source: aezthetix, via t-e-l-e-p-a-t-h-y)
Elsa Schiaparelli, Winter 1936-1937