Antonio Macarro & Pedro Canicoba, creators of MANY OF THEM talk about waterfalls and being close to the things they love.


Part 01.




MANY OF THEM Vol. III



morning...

Antonio… First coffee, first emails…

Pedro… A regular life update. Planning.


noon...  

Antonio… First calls, first meeting…

Pedro… Action.


night...

Antonio… Free time.

Pedro… Reflection.


perfect happiness...

Antonio… To be close to the things I love.

Pedro… A well balanced life.


preposterous...

Antonio… Attending the right international parties.

Pedro… Neoliberalism.


fear...

Antonio… No space for my personal work.

Pedro… Dracula.


Olivia Newton-John’s Greatest Hits — 1977


love...

Antonio… Pedro Canicoba

Pedro… A certain idea around Oliva Newton-John.


extravagance...

Antonio… Sci-fi.

Pedro… American tourists in Andalusia when I was younger.


comedy...

Antonio: Any time with my friends.

Pedro: The irrefutable idea of progress.


work...

Antonio: Lifestyle.

Pedro: To live.


our time...

Antonio: Hard time.

Pedro: Polarised: promising, disappointing… confusion.


the future...

Antonio: Retrofuture.

Pedro: A sci-fi warning.



Death in Venice Dir. Luchino Visconti — 1971



the past...

Antonio: A reference and something I always look back at.

Pedro: Death in Venice.


Part 02.




MANY OF THEM Vol. III



most interesting thing in your wallet...

Antonio: A family portrait.

Pedro: A card from a take away bonsai store.


in another life, you'd be...

Antonio: An archeologist.

Pedro: Something very lazy, useless and beautiful like a chandelier or a palace.


your lucky charm...

Antonio: My sense of humour.

Pedro: A smile.




Sacai Fall-Winter Collection — 2013-14



words to live by...

Antonio: People have the power.

Pedro: Freedom. Justice. Love. Friends.
 

prized possession...

Antonio: My family.

Pedro: My books.


one wish...

Antonio: To follow and develop my path.

Pedro: To be able to develop more issues of MANY OF THEM.


your most marked characteristic...

Antonio: Perseverance.

Pedro: Idealistic.


a dream dinner party would be made up of who (dead or alive)...

Antonio: My grandfather.

Pedro: My father.



Cosmic Wonder Light Source — KANG-FU Shoes


 
favorite shoes...

Antonio: A pair of leather shoes from Le Maroc.

Pedro: Cosmic Wonder shoes in caramel.
 

favorite store...

Antonio: Every store that has supported our editorial projects from the beginning. I really love our store networks, they are truly the best.  

Pedro: A greenhouse or any supermarket when I am abroad.


favorite friend...

Antonio: Pedro Canicoba.

Pedro: My boyfriend Antonio.


favorite place...

Antonio: My home.

Pedro: A waterfall.



The Bread Poncho with Scarf from “Bakery”' — AW 2013-14



favorite color...

Antonio: Beige.

Pedro: Pink.



Bronislaw Malinowski — Marcel Proust


favorite book...

Antonio: A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term.

Pedro: In Search of Lost Time.


favorite website...


Antonio: manyofthemmagazine.com

Pedro: I don’t look at websites very often.


a favorite photo that you've taken.,,

Antonio: My nephews playing.

Pedro: I don’t take pictures.




Bronislaw Malinowski — Nobuyoshi Araki


a favorite photo that someone else has taken...

Antonio: All the photographs from Bronislaw Malinowski’s archive. I really love documental photography and particularly love his images in Papua New Guinea.

Pedro: Geisha girl with watermelon by Nobuyoshi Araki.


Part 03.





Concha Beach — San Sebastián


where did you grow up? where do you live? how has that informed your work...

Antonio: I grew up in San Sebastián, Spain and now I live with Pedro in this city of Basque Country. I travel a lot but our studio has been based here since 2008. I love being here because the city is like a quiet background where I can focus on my work, my books and me as a person.

Pedro: I grew up in Andalusia, Spain and, as Antonio said, live in Basque Country. However, the only connection between where I live and developing MANY OF THEM, is that we generally don’t believe that money is the most important thing in life. Instead, we appreciate life. I am conscious of how this can be perceived as a lazy, inefficient form of life by some, but to an extent, this is a political assessment as nowadays, business governs everything too much. With that being said, I think it’s extremely important to reconsider the idea of uselessness.



MANY OF THEM Vol. III — Christophe Lemaire


tell me about MANY OF THEM...

Antonio: MANY OF THEM is a limited edition publication of 1000 printed and distributed copies. Its aim is to offer a space for discussion in which creators can share their perspectives about their field, their language and the problems they face in their everyday practice.

It originally started as a diary in 2008 and it keeps evolving into different formats. All the images and texts are produced in-house but we continue to learn from new external collaborations.

MANY OF THEM stands away from trends as its purpose is to offer a haven where fascinating people can gather and timeless themes be addressed, to document the present whilst becoming an archive for the future.

Pedro: MANY OF THEM is many of the things Antonio and I love. And we try to create a place for them…


MANY OF THEM Vol. I


talk about MANY OF THEM Vol. 1 - and the importance of a diary...

Antonio: In a way, a diary is quite close to the lost figure of the editor - someone who is able to look at all the things around and try to create analyse, classify and understand all this information, in order to create new paths and things from there.

Pedro: Diaries are the literary containers of individual experiences that connect with universal understanding. The importance of a diary is the personal perspective that differs from alienating mass products.


MANY OF THEM Vol. III — Carlos Reygadas



talk about documenting the present and creating an archive for the future...

Antonio: In a way, a diary is quite close to the lost figure of the editor - someone who is able to look at all the things around and try to create analyse, classify and understand all this information, in order to create new paths and things from there. 

Pedro: Diaries are the literary containers of individual experiences that connect with universal understanding. The importance of a diary is the personal perspective that differs from alienating mass products.


talk about the importance of physical objects in an increasingly digital world...

Antonio: I’m from the 90s, so I’m more connected to objects than images or digital things, plus I´m really old fashioned ! I love collecting physical objects and being surrounded by things I love is a part of my life.

Pedro: Of course everything is moving, but I think there is strength in the feeling of desiring something and the great physical need to acquire it. I don’t however, believe that books will never disappear.


Sacai Autumn-Winter Collection — 2013-14


describe a day in your life. how would it begin? what would you do? where would you go? what time would you be in bed?

Antonio: I don’t know what to say… everyday is a new story. Working in this field is like an expedition, you never know what is going to happen tomorrow. You have to try to reach a certain point but everyday is a new challenge.

Pedro: The biorhythm guides every day of my life. I have no particular experiences…


talk about future projects …

Antonio: The new issue of MANY OF THEM will be launched in September 2015.  

Pedro: MANY OF THEM.


Plants I - II. Beijing [北京] — 2013



talk about a dream project…

Antonio: It’s not a nice idea to discuss the things you wish or possible future projects…you’ll never get them then. 

Pedro: I would love to have a garden…