#1 The Hannover Mitte

Cris and Michael met at the legendary CASABLANCA in Hannover. Cris just returned from his first trip to New York and inspired by the scene was saying: “I want to publish a magazine.” Michael: “Me too.” We started the next day, snatched Thomas from the turntables at CASABLANCA.  No experience, no funds, no computer, lot’s of glue, fun and music. Three months later ELASTE was launched.

#2 The Robots

#3 The Andy Warhol

#4 The Russians

#7 The Sport and Recreation

#8/9 The Classic

#10 The Psychedelic

#12/13 WHY?

#14 The Patsies

#15 Punk macht dicken Arsch

#16 The Heavy Metal

Sniffin' Glue

The Making of ELASTE

DINNER WITH ANDY

The King of Pop Art, our biggest inspiration, and the most enormous influence in contemporary art were coming to visit the Hinterland.

IN FLAMMEN

DOCUMENTA BOUND – KASSELER KREUZ
Feel the Burn

Always be Sceptical About Simplicity

Ping Pong mit den Rolling Stones (Deutsch)

You can't always get what you want

Hero For One Day

Fool For a Life Time

P.L.O.

REBEL REBEL

Looking for the Thin White Duke

Joi Trouvé

DA DA DA

"Ein Jahr (Es geht voran)."

Welcome to the weird and lucrative world of fake punk.

Anarchy in the Vintage Punk Clothing Market. Over the last 30 years, pretend handmade original designs incorporating S-and-M and dirty graphics, innovative cuts and straps, military surplus...

Charlie Watts Orbituary

Dapper and Elegant Drummer who was the Rock-Steady Heartbeat of the Rolling Stones. Unruffled amid excess, personality clashes and musical disputes, the Rolling Stones’ exceptional drummer used...

Sex Pistols win legal fight against Johnny Rotten

The former Sex Pistols frontman, Johnny Rotten, has lost a high court attempt to block the punk band’s songs from being used in a forthcoming drama series. The group’s former drummer, Paul Cook, and...

Louis Vuitton’s 200th Birthday Sparks a Host of Creative Collaborations

love maker, an astrologer, among others—to recreate the iconic Louis Vuitton trunk. In honor of designer Louis Vuitton’s 200th birthday, the luxury brand has commissioned 200 artists and...

Parental Advisory: the secret history of music’s most controversial logo

In 1985, they founded the group Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). Its goal was simple, to contain the spread of indecent lyrics as much as possible, and stop them from reaching innocent ears....

It’s A Face I know And Don’t Know

Ed Atkin's videos have made him one of the most acclaimed artists of his generation, but what really animates this British artist are the emotions that slip off the screen. Of all the strange,...

Sigue Sigue Sputnik at a Newcastle B&B

It was 1986 and I’d been on the road with Sigue Sigue Sputnik for a couple of days. They’d played a gig in Leeds the previous night and we’d just arrived at a little bed and breakfast in Newcastle...

Iggy Pop Ascends to Greatness

By the time of this picture, it was 1970 and I was working in Detroit for the short-lived rock’n’roll publication Big Fat Magazine. Iggy Pop and I went to the same high school in Ann Arbor,...

Anton Corbijn on 40 Years Shooting Depeche Mode

He thought they were pop lightweights – then turned them into moody megastars. The photographer recalls his adventures with the band, from desert trips to drug-induced near-death experiences. ‘I...

David Bowie and Mick Ronson, Train to Aberdeen, Scotland 1973

"Maybe it’s got something to do with the ridiculously ‘glam’ look of the magic duo and the obviously mundane nature of their British Rail lunch." David Bowie and Mick Ronson on a train to Aberdeen,...

Subway to Studio 54

Skaters, dancers, hustlers, boxers … Swiss photographer Willy Spiller prowled the streets of the Big Apple from 1977 to 1985. Leroy in Harlem, 1984 Sunday Morning on Orchard Street, NY, 1980 Whether...

A Brief History of Transformers

This simple electrical device does much of the fundamental work of modern civilization, and it does so modestly and invisibly. An early AC transformer constructed by George Westinghouse in the...

Nightclubbing

Nightclubbing is the fifth studio album by Jamaican singer and songwriter Grace Jones, released on 11 May 1981. Like Josephine Baker nearly 50 years before her, it was when Jamaican-born Grace Jones...

New York’s Graffiti Scene in the 70s and 80s

Subway Art, originally published in 1984, introduced New York City’s graffiti to the world. A new edition produced by Thames & Hudson features over 70 photographs by Martha Cooper and Henry...

I Can’t Believe You Morons Actually Buy This Shit

London, UK Art handlers with Andy Warhol’s Queen Elizabeth II (part of his Reigning Queens series) during a preview of Prints and Multiples and Banksy: I Can’t Believe You Morons Actually Buy This...

Transformer

Iconic pictures of Lou Reed, Debbie Harry and David Bowie become exclusive art prints Today the legendary Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground would have turned 79. To celebrate the anniversary, the...

Covid-19 x Valérie Belin

‘In light of the present crisis, I think back to this photograph. It is emblematic of the technological obsolescence of the yesterday world, but which paradoxically seems to foreshadow the future,...

Abuse of Power Comes as no Surprise

Jenny Holzer (b. Gallipolis, Ohio, 1950) was 25 years old when she began compiling her “Truisms,” more than 250 cryptic maxims, terse commands and shrewd observations. Culled from world...

Creative Protest

Hongkongers find creative ways to voice protest. From holding up blank sheets of paper to baking messages into mooncakes, people are devising new ways to protest amid repressive security law The day...

Gareth Pugh’s Grand Reconstruction

The timing of Gareth Pugh’s comeback is as bold as his designs. Pugh observes in his press notes: “Naomi Klein speaks about the idea that seemingly impossible ideas become possible in times of...

Electronic at the Design Museum Review – A Sweaty Rave Paradise Lost

From squat synthesizers to a gyrating cube, a new exhibition dedicated to dance music culture poignantly brings the spirit of communal celebration to a museum One of the first items you see upon...

Basquiat & Warhol and Downtown’s It Crowd

The 1980s was arguably the most exciting time for artists in Downtown New York, and photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron was there to capture so many of the big names from that lush and fertile...

The Beautiful and the Damned: Sheila Rock’s Punk Gods

  From Eater to the Clash, from the lipstick of Siouxsie Sioux to the staff of Sex, photographer Sheila Rock caught the faces of punk just as it all went haywire All photographs: Sheila Rock The...

Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ retail ‘installation’ rises in downtown L.A.

On the opposite side was a sleek counter punctuated with four cash registers. In between was a sand-banked, crater-like pool containing a Sherp — a muscular-looking amphibious ATV with knobby...

Kei Ninomiya at Noir

Kei Ninomiya at Noir proved again that If there is an heir apparent to Rei Kawakubo, he is it. His show featured garments of otherworldly complexity that pushed the envelope to outer space. The...

The Art of Rebellion

A young woman gets her freak on. Tseung Kwan O Police Station, Hong Kong.

“Lighting”

by Pyotr Pavlensky. In the early hours of Oct. 16, 2017, Pavlensky set fire to the ground-floor windows of a branch of the Banque de France on the Place de la Bastille. "Institutions of power are...

WIM WENDERS’ “(E)MOTION” INSTALLATION

WIM WENDERS presents “(E)motion”, a site-specific visual installation and the first collective exhibition of his work. Scenes from movies including “Paris, Texas”, “Wings of Desire”, “Pina”, “Buena...

KAWS:HOLIDAY

Following projects in Taipei and Seoul, the 37-meter-long KAWS:HOLIDAY Companion is set to dock in Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong. The KAWS:HOLIDAY sculpture is the largest reclining Companion ever....

Frieze L.A.

Kori Newkirk's "Signal" is made of television antennas. The artist says, “I was born analog, but I will die digital and my experience is of both.”

Ton, Steine, Scherben.

Paris, a Porsche vandalized during scuffles with riot police by Gilet Jaunes

New York Posts

Scott took direct aim at his theme, which was the news. Fake news. Clickbait. Tabloids screaming horrors. Jeremy Scott working with the artist Aleksandra Mir, conjured a collection that felt very...

Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again

A sweeping retrospective shows a personal side of the Pop master — his hopes, fears, faith — and reasserts his power for a new generation. Andy Warhol’s “Flowers” series from 1964 has been set...

Ugly Beauty

Cindy Sherman’s Instagram Selfies Mimicry in nature was first observed in butterflies, in the 19th century. Certain breeds pose as wasps; others bear marks falsely advertising that they are...
Has Being a Female Pop Star in 2021 Become Unbearable?

Has Being a Female Pop Star in 2021 Become Unbearable?

New releases reveal extreme attempts to protect themselves from the damage caused by fame. Pop stardom has never seemed less aspirational. The mechanisms of pop stardom have never been subject to as much scrutiny as they are now. Britney Spears’ conservatorship...

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Cutting Mark Zuckerberg Down to Size

Cutting Mark Zuckerberg Down to Size

When the history of the first decades of this century comes to be written, there will be few more telling artworks than Ben Grosser’s film Order of Magnitude. In the 47 minute video, Grosser, a digital artist and professor of new media at the University of Illinois,...

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In Praise of Copying

In Praise of Copying

What if copying, rather than being an aberration or a mistake or a crime, is a fundamental condition or requirement for anything, human or not, to exist at all? Is there anything that does not involve "copying"? And if that is the case, why exactly does copying...

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Downtown 1981

In 1981, writer and Warhol associate Glenn O’Brien, Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, a graffiti innovator and noise music artist who’d just begun to exhibit his paintings, hit the streets of lower...

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Find a New City

Find a New City

Move to the Big City with nothing, make friends, make art, struggle, but make it. There’s a very romantic American story that I love, that lots of artists who are young and starting out love, too, and it goes like this: Move to the Big City with nothing,...

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The Velvet Underground Review

The Velvet Underground Review

Velvet Underground emerged as part of a richly interdisciplinary artistic adventure in the American late-1960s. Not so much a rock band, more a way of life.  They were part of a complex social ecosystem of experimental artists in New York, named after a book...

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Earl Slick: “Bowie had gone levels into insanity”

Earl Slick: “Bowie had gone levels into insanity”

His association with David Bowie stretched over five decades, he has played with everyone from John Lennon to the Cure to Carl Perkins. It’s not surprising that Earl Slick was in the middle of a tour when the first Covid lockdown began. The guitarist is, by his own...

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The Art of Punk: Winston Smith and the Dead Kennedys

The Art of Punk: Winston Smith and the Dead Kennedys

“If you use a razor blade and glue, you can suddenly change the world.” —Winston Smith Terrific 15-minute documentary of collage artist, Winston Smith, and his collaborator, Jello Biafra, about the origins of their work. When he saw the Dada-esque posters of punk...

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How Luxury Fashion Extends Brand Identity Through Art

How Luxury Fashion Extends Brand Identity Through Art

Mixing Paintings, Sculptures, Coats, Leather Bags and Sneakers Where Art, Culture, and Commerce Intersect Across the street near the corner of Crosby and Howard Streets just a block away in the edge of New York’s Chinatown on one early evening, a series of TV monitors...

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Sisters with Transistors

Sisters with Transistors

Inside the Film About Electronic Music’s Forgotten Pioneers They turned drawings into symphonies and made black boxes sing. Why were they never given their due? The maker of a new film, full of revealing archive footage, aims to put this right Turned down Hitchcock …...

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Warhol Foundation Loses Prince Appropriation Appeal

Warhol Foundation Loses Prince Appropriation Appeal

An appeals court ruled that Andy Warhol violated a photographer’s copyright by appropriating her image for a silk-screen he did in 1984. Andy Warhol’s ”Prince,” which became the subject of a court case over copyright issues.The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual...

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Why Bands Are Disappearing

Why Bands Are Disappearing

"Young people aren’t excited by them". Maroon 5’s Adam Levine was scoffed at for suggesting there ‘aren’t any bands anymore’ – but if you look at the numbers, he’s right. Wolf Alice, Maximo Park, and industry insiders ask why. “The moment that we started a band was...

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The Cassette Tape Era

The Cassette Tape Era

Lou Ottens, the inventor responsible for making music literally fit in the palm of your hand, has died at the age of 94. The Dutch native was the head of product development at Philips in the early 1960s when he began developing cassettes as an answer to the large and...

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JAPAN’s Quiet Life Gets Another Listen

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If ever there was a band who could have literally taken over the world but failed to do so as a result of “artistic differences,” it’s Japan. But that doesn’t mean their legacy should be any less celebrated. And Quiet Life – their third, final, and most successful...

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Do Everything Feel Nothing

Dry Cleaning’s assembled observations capture the distortion of life on and off the internet, of spewing our deepest emotions into an anonymous void but biting our tongue when we encounter a real person. Type what you really feel, then close the tab and delete your...

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“I do not do heels, and the climate ain’t right.”

Billy Nomates has announced details of a new EP, ‘Emergency Telephone’, and shared the first track from it – ‘Heels’. The release follows the Bristol and Bournemouth-based artist’s self-titled debut album, which was put out last year. The new EP will arrive on March 5...

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COPY, COPY. EVERYTHING’S A COPY.

"Formed in 1976 and comprised of guitarist/vocalist Toshio Nakanishi, vocalist Chica Sato, guitarist Hajime Tachibana, keyboard player Masahide Sakuma, and programmer Takemi Shima, the Plastics were the archetypal Tokyo new...

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Rina Sawayama, Philosophical and Glittery Cute

Through Rina Sawayama's alternative take on East Asian beauty standards and philosophical, "glittery cute" R&B sound, the Niigata-born, London-bred musician and model has carved a path of her own with few precedents to look up to. Celebrating her unique take on...

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Dancing on the Berlin Wall

Universal Music Canada came to remind us of one of the most groundbreaking and edgy records from the ’80s. A deluxe expanded and remastered edition of seminal 1982 debut album ‘Cold War Night Life’ from Canadian new wave pioneers Rational Youth. At the dawn of the...

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Afropunk ‘s Not Dead

Afropunk ‘s Not Dead

The Stars of Afropunk Festival – In Pictures Since 2005, Afropunk has celebrated the music, fashion, and beatboxing of black artists – and seen the crowd swell to 70,000. Phil Knott talks us through who he’s photographed there. Comedian, beatboxer, and musician Reggie...

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All the Joy and Despair of Youth

All the Joy and Despair of Youth

The poetic Dublin post-punk band are back with a daring new album. In a field of their own ... Fontaines DC (from left) Tom Coll, Conor Deegan, Carlos O’Connell, Conor Curley, Grian Chatten. Photograph: Ellius Grace Do bands have a “difficult second album” or a...

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Ping Pong mit den Rolling Stones

Ping Pong mit den Rolling Stones

Ping Pong mit den Rolling Stones„Ah, ein Konzert... Ach, die Stones... Okay, wir geh’n aber echt nur hin, wenn wir Pressekarten kriegen.“ – Als die Rolling Stones 1982 auf der Tour zum „Tattoo- You“ Album nach Hannover kommen, ist die Originalbesetzung von ELASTE...

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Dinner With Andy

Dinner With Andy

The ELASTE squad had two icons who stood the test of time: Andy Warhol and David Bowie. The King of Pop Art, our biggest inspiration, and the most enormous influence in contemporary art were coming to visit the Hinterland.  Thomas loved his silkscreen prints...

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On Technodiversity: A Conversation with Yuk Hui

On Technodiversity: A Conversation with Yuk Hui

In the foreword to the book, the French philosopher Bernard Stiegler described Hui’s thinking as a “generous and open theoretical milieu for exploration of human experience in connection to the infosphere. IN HIS BOOK On the Existence of Digital Objects (2016),...

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Every Place Is the Same

Every Place Is the Same

No place places, with a phone, anywhere else is always just a tap away. Anywhere has become as good as anywhere else. Those old enough to remember video-rental stores will recall the crippling indecision that would overtake you while browsing their shelves. With so...

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From Gemany to Detroit and Back

From Gemany to Detroit and Back

Kraftwerk’s robotic rhythms resonated loudest in deindustrialising 1970s Detroit and gave rise to techno – starting a cultural feedback loop that continues today. ‘A feedback loop between Germany and Detroit that has existed for more than half a century’ ... Kraftwerk...

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Kraftwerk: Their 30 Greatest Songs, Ranked!

Kraftwerk: Their 30 Greatest Songs, Ranked!

From cycling soundtracks to anti-nuclear protest music, we celebrate the work of the late Florian Schneider and the groundbreaking group he co-founded. Kraftwerk in 1978, with the late Florian Schneider second from right. Photograph: Kraftwerk/Redferns 30. Expo 2000...

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Depeche Mode before they were Depeche Mode

After their 1986 album Black Celebration, new wave legends Depeche Mode fully committed to being the most gloriously gloomy band next to The Cure to appear on stadium stages. Earnest pleas for tolerance like “People are...

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STUMM433

STUMM433

Daniel Miller on Mute Records and his latest most ambitious project STUMM433. In 1978 in London the young musician by the name Daniel Miller recorded two songs, “T.V.O.D.” and “Warm Leatherette” under the moniker The Normal. He knocked on the door of Rough Trade...

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Ma' Ma' Raschplatz Da

»Just what is it that makes today’s home so different, so appealing?«

(Richard Hamilton, 1956)
Wenn der Postmann zweimal klingelt, liegt meist ein kleines Kärtchen in meinem Flur. So auch diesmal »Basement« Hannover Raschplatz. Eröffnung Freitag 12.6.81 22h. Knapp am dreizehnten vorbei, dachte ich und lenkte meinen Wagen einige Tage später durch die trostlose Gegend hinter dem Bahnhof. Beinahe am Ziel angelangt ging ́s dann auch noch in den Keller. Gleißende Leuchtstoffröhren, Pirelli Gummi auf dem Boden, die Decke unverkleidet, hier und da ein bißchen Chrom. Der erste Blick signalisiert, hier wollte jemand der Café– und Diskothekenszene mit ihren pastellfarbigen, schimmernden Barocktempeln eine Ohrfeige verpassen.“

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