A book by ILL-STUDIO and GENERAL_INDEX, in partnership with SLAM JAM.
Sifting through the prosthetic memory of our contemporary time, the ADDPM Programme aims to scale a collective human legacy. The current epoch floats in a sea uninfluenced by logic, one so large that it almost cannot be seen.
No longer is there a distinction between virtual fantasy and political reality, archaic ritual or radical subversion, pop culture or fringe knowledge. This is the opposite of hierarchy. This is emotional contagion. This is a mountain of cultural recollections smashed into a level plain. While its embrace is boundless and panoramic, it is also unconditionally subjective in what it deems relevant.
The ADDPM Programme presents a perspective on the cultural and cognitive flattening of human networked recollections through various sensory and emotional expressions. Brief histories of the future, snapshots of the present and prolonged perceptions of the past shape-shift and fuse together to evolve into a collection of encyclopaedic explorations that formulate a taste of our current time.
These records sink into the residue of what it took to arrive at the dawn of the Anthropocene Era and examine its fingerprints, while synchronously shaping a cast of what the future might resemble in the form of a shared fantasy.
This must be the place. This is a safe space.
GENERAL_INDEX is a shape-shifting encyclopedia focusing on factual information from all of human knowledge gathered into a corpus of both physical and conceptual ideas.
Tree of (un)General Knowledge. First object published by General_Index
A 320-pages macro-exploration of modernity in music,
a book by Ill-Studio and Deewee. Published by General_Index.
Photography with Maxime Verret.
Words by Joel Vacheron
In September 2015, Ill-Studio led a week-long workshop with ECAL students along with a conference and video screening in the ECAL Theatre.
The brief for the workshop was to create a visual dialogue with a selection of student original works and the “sources” connected to the work itself, in order to highlight the cultural environment and the different types of inspirations which compliment the creation of an image, a typeface, or an object.
The collective source cloud initiated a self-reflexive dialogue and an encyclopedia of influences in which the original works and their references blended together, no matter whether they were classic or contemporary, direct or abstract. As a result, a publication and an exhibition were developed by the students in a collaborative effort in order to extrude the concept via an array of art directed media.
To mark their 95th anniversary, French fashion magazine L’Officiel appointed Ill-Studio as creative director to take over and rethink the magazine’s identity as whole. The new identity was thought and conceived as a combination between the magazine’s long history, a creative look on fashion and contemporary visual codes.