“Written for Swarm Mag in a bus from Prague to Chlumec nad Cidlinou. It was hot, too hot, and the couple behind me kept kicking my seat.” In his essay, Ondřej Trhoň views the act of writing as a way of repurposing and reinventing oneself.
“As if I could make the clothes a shelter, some dreamy, heaven-like space that one could just settle in.” Polish designer Pat Guzik and her namesake label strive to create pieces that are raw, playful, expressive and, most importantly, sustainably sourced and made.
Tekla Gedeon, a Budapest-based architect and speculative designer, presents “a parallel virtual world which performs environmental guardianship” where you can become an avatar forester and restore balance.
Using utopist ideas of radical ecological activism, the Czech artistic group Duna has created a mysterious black box transplanting the DNA of species on the brink of extinction into human DNA, getting us more in touch with the non-human animal world.
We interviewed Melichar Oravec, known to the world as a YouTuber, letsplayer, streamer and video-game content creator FlyGunCZ, about material and immaterial recyclation in the gaming environment. The interview is accompanied by eye-candy gifs and videos by German designer Franz Impler.
Romanian-Hungarian artist Botond Keresztesi produces one-of-a-kind, tongue-in-cheek paintings by merging multiple painting techniques, a collage of technology and classical artworks and the feeling of surreal, fever-induced dreams.
The iconic book The Secret Life of Plants became the cornerstone inspiration for Nela Britaňáková's video featuring recycled textiles, addressing the themes of flora in the age of anthropocene and the transcendental moment of a human merging with a plant.
“I get inspiration everywhere and all the time. Sometimes more, sometimes less.” Switzerland-based illustrator Luca Schenardi unearths the thought and creative processes in an exclusive interview for SWARM Mag.
The body of work of French illustrator Amelie Barnathan “stems from her obsessive relationship with drawing”, which she believes to be an act of utmost intimacy with a direct line to one's mind. She repurposes the aesthetic and symbolism of other cultures and twists the classical portrayal of women and girls in mythologies.