299 792 458 m/s is a magazine. It’s an artwork as a magazine. It’s also a fashion magazine. A meta-fashion magazine.
The de facto editors of 299 792 458 m/s are German artist David Lieske and photographer Rob Kulisek.
The magazine takes up a brand new, totally now position in a canon of artist publications including the Surrealist View, Documents and Minotaure, Andy Warhol’s Interview, The Pictures Generation’s Real Life, General Idea’s FILE and Stephen Willats’ CONTROL (issue 20 of which was launched at Claire de Rouen in May 2017).
Just as the artist magazines of the '60s and '70s created enclaves of ephemeral and critical content generation in order to challenge the status quo, so Lieske and Kulisek suggest:
‘As artists it seemed interesting to us to step out of the classic system of gallery and art fair presentations and to try something more direct than that, which we surprisingly found in the format of the magazine...’
The American Issue is the first ever issue of 299 792 458 m/s. Lieske and Kulisek wanted to offer a platform for the effervescent creativity of some of their friends at the forefront of fashion in the US, something they feel is lacking. Hence the theme. They also note that ‘issue’ has a double meaning..
With contributions from: Buck Ellison, Torbjorn Rodland, Than Hussein Clark, Annette Kelm, Eckhaus Latta, Drew Olivo and many more.
299 792 458 m/s is something you need to buy, enjoy, gaze at, feel it gazing back at you, let it do its work, and most importantly keep safe. It’s new rare. An important collectible. A special thing flying through us at the speed of light.
Lieske has exhibited extensively, and internationally, including at MMK Frankfurt, Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin, Galerie Buchholz, Corvi-Mora in London and recently at Lovaas Projects in Munich, where the edition commissioned and published by Claire de Rouen director Lucy Kumara Moore, Mergers & Acquisitions, was part of an artwork included in the exhibition.
Kulisek is a photographer living in New York.