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Fixed Position; and other oblique definitions

Speaking to A-COLD-WALL* and Dr. Martens commitment to bringing counter-cultural ideas into design and practice, comes Fixed Position, a publication of a person, a time and a place.

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Made in collaboration with Reference Point, a modern commons based on physical research, community and art, the publication brings the core ideas of A-COLD-WALL* and Dr. Martens partnership into the physical, tangible world through the medium of zines.

Drawing upon the legacy of proto-punk and punk zines and inspired by the contemporary movement of youth, the 60-page zine encapsulates the duality of modernism and heritage that the shoe, and both brands, speak to. Comprised of essays exploring themes of decay, stigmata and deconstruction, alongside think-pieces from Wilson Oryema and poetry from Moonchile - who lead as protagonists throughout the zines imagery - Fixed Position is a publication that explores not just the genesis and ideas behind the collaboration, but the ideas of the epoch we exist and create in.

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A-COLD-WALL* & Dr. Martens for Autumn/Winter 2022

Obstruct. Function. Innovate. The latest volume of this partnership expresses a modernist interpretation of signature Dr. Martens styles, whilst studying the relationship between light and shade.

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On Monday 12th December, these ideas took shape in a physical conceptualisation at Reference Point, where Dr. Samuel Ross, Founder and Artistic Director of A-COLD-WALL*, and Darren McCoy, Creative Director of Dr. Martens, spoke about their philosophies, how London plays a role in their work and how they navigate collaborations.

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Moonchile followed with a performance piece and reading from his poems specially commissioned for Fixed Position. It was a physical conceptualisation of a collaboration, of a product, a publication and an idea and all copies of Fixed Position were given out to those in attendance, ensuring the publication existed as an ephemeral object, speaking to a specific time and place.