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We Can't Do This Alone: Jefferson Hack the System

Written by Jefferson Hack, Produced by Felicity Shaw, Edited by Ferdinando Verderi and John Paul Pryor, Contribution by Tilda Swinton

  • May 17, 2016
  • Hardcover
  • Design - Graphic Arts - General
  • Rizzoli
  • 8-1/2 x 12-1/2
  • $75.00
  • $75.00
  • 978-0-8478-4743-3

About This Book

A Clarion Call for Cultural Resistance in a Digital Age 

Welcome to an extraordinary journey into underground culture from visionary publisher Jefferson Hack. Featuring contributions from cultural provocateurs Tilda Swinton, Rankin, Douglas Coupland, Björk, Aimee Mullins, and many more, We Can’t Do This Alone: Jefferson Hack the System re-defines the purpose of alternative media in the 21st century—drawing on a wealth of innovative projects to artfully map out a bright future for radical publishing. In the spirit of progressive individualism at its core every single copy is unique, emblazoned with an individuated, numbered cover displaying a one-off fresco of the provocative material between its pages. If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.

This book is completely unique, containing a cover made just for you.
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About the Author

Jefferson Hack is the editorial director and cofounder of Dazed Media. Hans Ulrich Obrist is codirector of exhibitions and programs and director of international projects at Serpentine Galleries. Björk is an Icelandic composer, musician, and singer. Tilda Swinton is a British actress and fashion icon known for both arthouse and mainstream films.

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  • "On its face, it may seem out of character: a publishing icon whose exploits helped usher in the dawn of digital media opting for an old-fashioned hardcover book for his career antholoy. That is until the first page of Jefferson Hack's We Can't Do This Alone: Hack the System is cracked - perhaps even before. With provocative imagery and textured typography, the cover itself reflects the subversive-cool, 'punk positivist' ethos the transdisciplinary Hack cultivated for decades . . . Through the lens of celebrity collaborators, artists, fellow provocateurs, muses, and many others, the book chronicles Hack's fight against safety - what he considers the most unnatural state for a creative." 
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