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Issue V
The Issue of Narcissism

Narcissus is pretty. Narcissus doesn’t love you.
ECOCORE exploits Narcissus as the symbol of the modern subject. Our imagination of the subject is made intricate by new perspectives on identity, the virtual, transcendence and how our aesthetic embodiment relates to capitalism. What are we as subjects and why is this question so often explored as a discourse of the body? What is our ‘nature’, and how do we get to it? How do we commune with the external as if it weren’t hostile? How do we cultivate an environment we want to participate in? Our psychic/social ecology meets with the environmental in haemorrhage of inner to outer.  
Narcissism is pathologised as a personality disorder/a phenomenon/a force that affects our precarious relation to the other. Our tech-driven, screen-gazing society enables a solipsistic narcissism, to the extent that we can identify it as typical of our cultural mood, our pixelated age. Narcissism is easily read as a destructive impulse towards extinguishing otherness, but is also identified as a traumatised and debilitated loving in which the only happy love can be the contained self-love by which all libidinal investment belongs to the ego.
Your mouth is the only part of yourself that you can kiss in the mirror.

Beach 61, Berlin, Summer 2016
Gabriele Beveridge
Martin Soto Climent
Patrizio di Massimo
Buck Ellison
DeSe Escobar
Seth Fluker
Isa Genzken
Rochelle Goldberg
Ethan James Green
Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings
Richard Hawkins
Lukas Hofmann
Lars TCF Holdhus / TCF Tea
Adrian Manuel Huber
Benjamin Ahmed Huseby
Emily Jones
Marie Karlberg
Veit Laurent Kurz
Paul Levack
Stefanos Mandrake
Marco Pio Mucci
Josip Novosel
Lisa Radon
Stefan Schwartzman
Ser Brandon Castro Serpas
Anthony Symonds
Frances Stark
Thomas Tait
Anna Uddenberg
Francesco Vezzoli
Tore Wallert
Phillip Zach
Jamie Sterns
Eli Pitegoff
Michele d’Aurizio
Fabrizio Ballabio
Boris Groys
Kristin Dombek 

Graphic Design:
Studio Boris Meister
Creative Direction: 
Bava and Sons