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YEN LONDON

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ISSEY MIYAKE’S PLEATS IN A NEW CONTEXT

Two Design Greats Join For A Technical Pleats Lifestyle Collection

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOUSE AND STUDIO

American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s First Home and Studio Is Nothing Short Of A Masterpiece

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The Robey

A Historic Art Deco Building Transformed Into One Of The Most Beautiful Design And Lifestyle Hotels In Chicago

SHIHARA LAB

Precise Minimalism With This Geometry-Based Fine Jewellery Line

ENDGAMƎ

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Wild Life Archive’s Dance Music Culture 70’s To Present

The Underground Publisher Presents His Rare & Unseen Collection In Tokyo

KENGO KUMA DESIGNS THE NEW V&A DUNDEE

Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma Has Completed His First Project In The United Kingdom, Designing The First Design Museum In Scotland

AMOS REX

With Director Kai Kartio At The Directorial Helm, The New Amos Rex Art Museum By Architects JKMM Is Set To Highlight Helsinki’s Championing Of The Arts

SAHSYA KANETANAKA

Hiroshi Sugimoto's Mathematics-Driven Artistic Concept For An Architectural Structure - A Restaurant In The Heart Of Tokyo

TRUNK HOTEL

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ARCA

The Artist & Producer's Philosophy Of "First Thought, Best Thought"

May, 2018
Arca, Champ Portrait City Series Photo: Ollie Adegboye

Currently based mostly in the multicultural and energetic area of Dalston, the now 27-year old artist Arca is making waves worldwide. Alejandro Ghersi, originally from Venezuela, lives in London where he creates his own individual sound of electronic based music. His style is twisted, unpredictable and ultimately conceptual. His performances are the same, intensely conceptual and dramatic, both in movement and original outfit design.

Arca, Champ Portrait City Series Photo: Ollie Adegboye

In 2015, Arca releases his debut album Xen, on Mute Records. Xen is a character whom Arca would often escape to as a child, an alter-ego of types. Through visuals, Arca’s long-term collaboration with visual artist Jesse Kanda, has seen Xen come to life. Their long-term work together has seen Kanda create all of Arca’s visuals, music videos and a recent collaboration on an audiovisual performance at the MoMA in New York.

Also working as a producer, engineer and DJ, Arca began making waves in 2012 with his Baron Libre, Stretch 1 and Stretch 2 EPs. This lead to his work on FKA Twigs’ EP2 and her latest LP, but things really started to get interesting when he worked as a production consultant on Kanye West’s Yeezus and more recently co-produced Björk’s latest album.

Working spontaneously, Arca follows the philosophy of ‘first thought, best thought’, and mentions, “I try to set the conditions for me to write a song that flows out. I tried not to judge myself during the process.”

Featured originally in Champ Issue 9 
Portrait City Series – Shot by Ollie Adegboye in New York (2015)

Arca, Champ Portrait City Series Photo: Ollie Adegboye
Arca, Champ Portrait City Series Photo: Ollie Adegboye
May, 2018