WEAR journal finally arrives to its third issue in spartan outfit: double-pleated, DIY and pretty much naked. Following the first two issues’ design of a coverless magazine about urban dress, this issue thinks about the fashionable phrase “?” in a few of the other realms where HomeShop likes to dwell: critical theory, micropolitics and artistic production. ““——literally meaning “to have seed” and metaphorically insinuating that one is ballsy or daring——becomes here more than a launchpad for a series of rolling activities (like seed bombing or urban exploring); it is also the point of potential from which the likes of a film critic, organic market organizers and artist-activists engage in a context-specific dialogue on the global realities at play in China.
WEAR is the independently published journal of HomeShop. Combining an artist book, theoretical reader and social research in printed form, the journal documents the public activities, discussions and interventions organised at HomeShop, while serving as a broader platform from which to gather contributions from artists, writers and the folks in the neighbourhood for a local dialogue and everyday reflection upon the contradictions and dynamism of a fast-changing China.