Dazed & Confused talks to M.I.A about her third album /\/\/\Y/\ (a title that is unrecognisable to online search engines but leads to a heated discussion on her current battles waged in cyberspace), as well as bombs, beats and babies. Shot by Rankin and accompanied by a printed iChat conversation between M.I.A and French director Romain Gavras, responsible for the controversial video for her “Born Free” video featuring ginger men and children being rounded up for slaughter.
Other artists smashing through the limits of decorum this month are Jack White and Alison Mosshart’s band The Dead Weather, who whip up a musical storm while on tour in New Orleans; Harmony Korine’s wife Rachel Korine, who undergoes a transformation from pretty young woman to the degraded, crotch-thrusting OAP who steals the show in her husband’s VHS offering Trash Humpers; and Italian director Lucio Fulci, the “torture porn pioneer” responsible for the grisly Zombie Flesh Eaters. The fashion this month takes inspiration from heroes and role models, resulting in three wildly different shoots by star photographers Richard Burbridge, Lina Scheynius and Pierre Debusschere. Plus: Wolfgang Tillmans fully exposed; Ariel Pink gets weird; Chris Rock’s new film Good Hair; and Magnum Photos member Alec Soth on the loneliest man in Missouri.