Autre 002: “The Future is now”
Ericka Clevenger wearing “Future Eyes”
By / Ericka Clevenger
Pics / Perry Shimon
Living in a digital world, we have become a culture of people who know a little bit about everything, but not a whole lot about anything. Where quickness has replaced the tangible, and instant gratification has become the norm. As much as we wish we could plug our brains into a hard drive and download retainable information–the truth is that we tend to forget quite quickly. The process of pen to paper, the smell of text on a freshly printed book, the excitement in waiting for your film to develop–has fallen into the niche of mere cult obsession. Where every hipster teen, to soccer mom with an Iphone thinks they are a photographer.
Most of your favorite bands you know and love, didn’t develop their sound until after years on the road. Most painters didn’t master their technique until years of lugging a cheap canvas up ten flights of stairs to their tiny apartment. The process of trial and error is such an important factor in the development of the backbone of the artist. We must not forget the beauty and charm that lies in the tradition of these steps.
Autre is a quarterly journal of arts and culture that aims to be a completely unique voice for the contemporary zeitgeist. Featuring art, photography, music, film and more. The journal is printed in an old newspaper plant using a vintage tabloid printing press and all the photographs are taken with film–making the magazine entirely analog.
In an era where digital everything proliferates, Adarsha Benjamin–creative director and Oliver Maxwell Kupper–editor in chief, feel that producing something that you can feel in your hands is extremely important. It is also important as a contrast to Autre’s digital counterpart Pas Un Autre which is updated daily. Pas Un Autre was started a little over three years ago by Oliver and with Adarsha’s collaboration they started Autre in the summer of 2011, featuring James Franco on the cover of the first issue. The current issue is much more expansive and features Jena Malone, Yayoi Kusama, Yoko Ono, cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky and Bruce LaBruce. Through the writing of their stories and interviews they realized the general theme concerning the future of art and culture–thus making issue 2 “The Future is Now”
The event was held in a loft space in downtown Los Angeles where dozens of the journal were given to guests and much of the journal’s content was displayed. Among some of the art was Jenna Malone’s photographs, along with Amanda Charchian and Autre’s own Adarsha Benjamin. Along with her photographs, Benjamin also screened Ode to Love a short film she made in Big Sur last year. The evening also included special performances by Rocco Deluca, Aska and Guy Blakeslee, Letters Vs Numbers and Ry Cuming.
Zach Sherman wearing “Future Eyes”