Tonight we’re staying on a steep hill in a dilapidated, for-sure-haunted 1930s mansion run by Helga De Silva, mother-in-law of the late fashion editor Isabella Blow. (Stereophonics wrote the song “Madame Helga” about her.) The door to our room doesn’t lock, monkeys tap-dance on the roof, and there’s a truly terrifying mural of a winking Medusa on the wall at the foot of our bed. I’d say good night but I’m far too excited/terrified to close both eyes.
In our new issue, performance artist Tehching Tsieh talks to Marina Abramović about his insane yearlong projects, which have included not leaving the house and punching a time clock every hour on the hour for 365 days, living on the streets of New York for 365 days, and being tied to—but never touching—fellow artist Linda Montano for 365 days. Here he is, photographed at age 23, jumping from the second story of his childhood home, moments before breaking both his ankles in the name of art.
It was in this moment, photographing his boyfriend posing under a table in an orange wig at a motel run by Kate Pierson of the B-52s, that the editor asked himself how things went so wildly off the rails.
For our November men’s issue, 3 covers ft. 3 generations of Hollywood rockstars, interviewed by 3 actual rockstars. Up first: the legendary Gary Oldman, the favorite to win this year’s best actor Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill, in conversation w his friend Jack White. @mikaeljansson@ludivinepoiblanc