The Cadence Issue: Contributors

by Sid Feddema

Xavier Veilhan is a Paris-based artist representing France is the 57th Venice Biennale, and a cover artist for this issue. With his “Architectones” series Xavier installed sculptures in celebrated, modernist structures; each work was unique to the setting and placed in dialogue with the building’s architecture. A sixty-foot bust of Le Corbusier was set atop the architect’s Cité Radieuse in Marseille, for example. Through faceted, distorted shapes, Xavier’s structures capture energy by revealing the movement surrounding them. In 2009, Xavier’s work was displayed in the Palace of Versailles and its surrounding gardens, juxtaposing traditional architecture against minimalist, futurist-inspired sculpture, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the former. Read our interview with the artist here.

What is your go-to break up song? 
 “Monotone Silence Symphony” by Yves Klein

Abigail Briley Bean is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer born in Los Angeles. Her career began working for JoAnne Wiles, 50 Cent’s agent. She went on to work in film development for Brian DePalma, Sean Penn, Anthony Minghella, and Sydney Pollack. Her films, music videos, and documentaries have been featured on Vice, i-D, Pitchfork,, Oyster, and IFC. Her latest film, Ingrid, starring Ione Sky, delves into the underworlds of web-camming and dominatrix. Currently, she’s directing an omnibus feature film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula produced by James Franco and Rabbit Bandini, and a digital noir series based on her childhood in Bel-Air. Abigail photographed musician Kacy Hill for us. See it here.

What is your go-to break up song?
“Wicked Games” by Chris Isaak

Dr. Alexander Lyon is a Senior Lecturer in Cardiology at Imperial College London and a senior lecturer and Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital. After studying medicine at Oxford University where he was awarded a first-class degree in physiological sciences in 1995, achieving second place in the final honors school, Dr. Lyon qualified for the John Radcliffe Medical School in 1998. He trained as a junior doctor in cardiology in Oxford, London, and Sydney, Australia, and was awarded an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship in 2005. In 2008, he completed his PhD, spending his first postdoctoral year studying at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Dr. Lyon spoke to us about Takotsubo – AKA broken heart – Syndrome, found here.

Dr. Lyon declined to name his broken hearted song, but we like to imagine that it is “This Charming Man” by The Smiths.

Brett Alan Nelson is a costume designer and fashion editor known for his innovative and over-the-top style. Having worked closely with David LaChapelle for the last three years, Brett moves freely between fashion, film, music and art. With his creativity, he is able to transform visions into realities and has the power to express personalities through style. Brett styled our cover star Lana Del Rey for us.  

What is your go-to break up song? 
“Talk Tonight” by Oasis 

Carlos Amorales is a Mexico City-based artist representing Mexico in the 57th Venice Biennale and a cover artists for this issue. He studied fine art in Amsterdam at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, and has completed residencies with Atelier Calder, Mac/Val, and the Smithsonian Artists Research Fellowship. His work is principally concerned with language and the impossibility or possibility of communicating through non-recognizable or uncodified forms: sounds, gestures, and symbols. He has exhibited at Turner Contemporary, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and MALBA in Buenos Aires. 

What is your go-to break up song?
“After Laughter (Comes Tears)” by Wendy Rene on Stax Records

A lifetime Francophile with a passion for art, Eileen Weinstein received her M.A. in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art before being swallowed up by the corporate world. She currently resides in Paris with her husband and two kids. Eileen interviewed Venice Biennale Curator Christine Macel for us. She feels fortunate to have left the sounds of heartbreak provided by Francis Cabrel (Je t’aimais, je t’aime, je t’aimerai) to a previous time in her life.

French born Elodie Tacnet started writing almost by accident, initially to help a friend on her art school project – which she wrote character pieces on bands with a gonzo political approach. A few weeks later, she was interviewing Richard Hell for a journal. She later moved to Los Angeles to pursue music supervision and now specializes in Fashion. She recently scored NYFW shows for Chris Gelinas and Etienne Deroeux and films for Chloé and Edun. Elodie interviewed Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley of the band Tennis for us.

What is your go-to break up song?
Whether it involves the shedding of tears or not, watching the video of “Hellhole Ratrace” by Girls has a sort of a cleansing quality whenever I hit a dark place. I wish Christopher Owens had been my imaginary friend when I was a child.

Dr. Marc Bekoff is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has published 30 books and more than 1000 essays (scientific, book chapters, and for mass media). Dr. Bekoff’s latest books are Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence and The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age. Marc spoke to us about heartbreak in animals.

What is your go-to break up song? 
“Imagine” by John Lennon

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mister Cartoon started out as a graffiti artist, lending his hand to album covers, logos, and murals before finding his true calling as a tattoo artist. Getting his start in the rich Latino fine line culture of the West Coast, his work now bridges the ideological gap between East L.A. and the Hollywood Hills with a clients list that includes Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, and Kobe Bryant. Mister Cartoon recreated Tupac Shakur’s tattoos for us which were made into temporary tattoos and included as part of the print format of the Cadence Issue.

What is your go-to break up song?
“To Live and Die in L.A.” by 2Pac

Paul Rizzo, triple threat, has worked on numerous international high profile editorial fashion shoots for magazines including L’Uomo Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, Purple, Dazed and Confused, Paper, and Flaunt, and has styled for top photographers including Terry Richardson, Ellen Von Unwerth, Yelena Yemchuk, Michael Muller, and Alex Prager. With a clients list including Beck, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Kim Gordon, Paul has also worked on fashion shows in New York and Paris for Rick Owens, Comme Des Garçons, Dries Van Noten, and Marc Jacobs, to name a few. Paul styled our fashion story “All This Pain Has Turned Me Into a Predator.”

What is your go-to break up song?
“Forbidden Love” by Madonna

Jami Attenberg is the New York Times best-selling author of six novels, including The Middlesteins and Saint MazieAll Grown Up is her latest book. She has contributed essays about sex, urban life, and food to The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Lenny Letter, among other publications. She divides her time between Brooklyn and New Orleans. We were able to publish an excerpt of Jami's new novel All Grown Up, check it out here

What is your go-to break up song?
"Tears Dry on their Own" by Amy Winehouse