KALEIDOSCOPE Re-thinking authorship and ownership of ideas seems to be the key to unlocking a relevant cultural discourse today. What’s your take on collaboration?
DANIEL DESURE I think sometimes, specifically in design, things are at a dead-end—all feels self-performing—so something like this festival is really nice. It’s like a city: navigating it, you meet new people, you make new things and other things come out of it. This whole process has had a really good energy and feels really positive.
K How does the notion of “collaboration” affect your own work?
HASSAN RAHIM I think it’s pretty natural. Let’s say you’re in public and you really like someone, and you’re like, “Let’s hang out.” Especially with artists, we have such a great community in Los Angeles that works like a web: you know a few people, they know more people, and so on. We’re just trying to build the web wider and wider, and naturally gravitate towards people we like. It’s just easy. Kelsey Lu is a good example. We’ve done a zine with her, multiple shirts now, and more than anything, she’s just a friend and we like hanging out. It’s so easy, it makes total sense, and everyone is on the same wavelength. It’s nice when you connect with people that way.