In the bubble
From commodities to soft matter and geodesic domes to disputed territories, spheres, foams and bubbles offer a new framework for understanding contemporary thought.
A very brief introduction to the prolific philosopher of spheres.
Reading Sloterdijk in New Delhi. Kai Friese makes his way into the German philosopher’s globalised glasshouse.
The intrigue of political experiments. With collapsing trust in global governance, zones and enclaves have come to embody utopian aspirations for the future of statehood. By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
The textural universe of Jean Baudrillard’s photography cuts through layers, veils and façades to reveal a preoccupation with illusory surfaces.
Spheres of destiny
Bubbles are the key to understanding how life on this planet evolved. By Martha Henriques
The big bubbly
Inflatable architecture seems to speak of optimism. Yet as Peter Lang argues, these transparent experiments can be as claustrophobic as they are progressive.
When the bubble bursts
Economist Mariana Mazzucato on the “creative destruction” initiated by technological innovation and the brazen “destructive creation” of speculative finance.
Toil and trouble
How art can create alternative spaces of resistance within the market logic of the globalised world. By Timotheus Vermeulen
The UK Parliament’s vote on Syria is only the latest example of its reality-distorting provincialism. By Nesrine Malik
Forever blowing bubbles
An effervescent industry, predicated on impermanence. Colin McDowell casts a historical eye on the vagaries and caprices of fashion
Beheaded by iOS
Filter bubbles and the feminine touch in the photography of Josephine Pryde. By Lili Owen Rowlands
From Millais to Wells
A history of science and the business of bubbles, an interview with Simon J. Schaffer
Delicate, thin, transparent and boundaried arrangements, ready to burst at any time. By Ajay R.S. Hothi and Christabel Stewart
A stitch in time
The hectic pace of fashion is being slowed down by a hands-on revolution. Tank meets the designers putting craft at the cutting edge
a return to Palais Bulles, scene of one of Raf Simons’ final collections for Dior. Photography by Sohrab Golsorkhi-Ainslie, styling by Nobuko Tannawa
The ties that bind, the bloodlines that hold. Photography by Estelle Hanania, styling by Benoît Bèthume
Brave new frills, strange new folds, and hard edges. Photography by Eloise Parry, styling by Nobuko Tannawa
Light by design
Menswear’s rich simplicity and easy luxury. Photography by Osma Harvilahti, styling by Bobby Hook
In praise of shadows
Subtle sensuality in intimate interiors. Photography by Lena C. Emery, styling by Sara Gilmour
The focussed rigour and empowered vision of Alessandra Facchinetti at Tod’s. Photography by Joanna Piotrowska, fashion by Caroline Issa and Nobuko Tannawa
Mirror, mirror: Masahisa Fukase
Matt Gibberd & Albert Hill