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In the past 10 years we had the pleasure to get to know a lot of the amazing people behind the magazines and publications we try to gather in our store for you, we have seen countless covers on our shelves and browsed myriads of pages. In News & Novelties we want to share some of our latest finds and conversations. Find inspiration in our reviews, enjoy some interviews with amazing people and get to know about our latest activities in Berlin and around the globe.

The Skirt Chronicles #4 2019

The Skirt Chronicles #4

Things often appear different at first sight as they actually are. And only after a certain period of time their versatile facets start to shine through. In the case of The Skirt Chronicles it's most likely less existential but still there is one fact you should know about this french export hit: This magazine is NOT a fashion magazine! - despite alleged evidence as, for instance, the name, the cover... Together, the trio Haydée Touitou, Sofia Nebiolo and Sarah de Mavaleix had something different in mind and, if any, only in the broadest sense another girly, glossy clothes magazine. Instead, in the very beginning of The Skirt Chronicles, the idea was to celebrate their friendship which then, turned into their joint wish to create a collaborative platform crossing different generations and cultures - and on top if it to give space for reflecting the women voice. Idealistic and dreamy? Probably! And yet, when you start to turn page by page, it will not take long that you sense how good and invigorating it feels to be kindly invited to see the world though a slightly softer and lighter lens - or as they put it: from an imaginary island. In their latest issue #4 they meet artist Eleanor Coppola to talk about her long journey out of the shadows of famously known director Francis Coppola, have a closer look at the work of Bahraini-American archaeologist Nasser Alzayani digging in the collective memory of his home country while taking you on a delicious pasticcerie tour. The Skirt Chronicles may not be the fashion magazine you expect in the first place but it has a lot of other treasures for you which are indeed priceless: offering you perfect hide-out, a locus luminosity in your mind - far far away. Buy
bauhaus imaginista - A school in the World (EN) - Marion von Osten

bauhaus imaginista

a school in the world - Marion von Osten, Grant Watson
This year the infamous German school Bauhaus turns 100. From 1919 till 1933 it was home of the avant-garde of modernism until the institution was finally forced to close through reprisals by Hitler's regime. With its manifestos, revolutionary ideas and iconic designs it is still the often quoted authority for German design and modernism worldwide. But instead of republishing again the same iconographic objects that repeatedly pop up as soon as someone says "Bauhaus", the exhibition catalogue bauhaus imaginista approaches contemporary problems through the ideal and material legacies of the Bauhaus. From the attempt to bring the arts together, to the shaping of coexistence and the improvement of everyday life, to design processes, cultural appropriation, and the impulse for emancipatory pop and subcultures, bauhaus imaginista interprets the Bauhaus legacy from a diverse and refreshing angle by looking at it as a global resonance space and putting it into the contemporary context. Buy
Pisé - Rammed Earth Tradition and Potential - Roger Boltshauser (EN)

Pisé – Rammed Earth

Tradition and Potential - Roger Boltshauser
In times when resources are scarce we turn back to old often forgotten methods and materials. Rammed Earth or Pisé, as they call it in French, is one of these. Pisé has a long history in Europe, especially in Switzerland, Germany, and France as an architectural material. In the 18th century architect François Cointeraux was already imagining a building method of prefabricated rammed earth blocks. He emphasised the favorable properties in terms of indoor climate, excellent fireproofing and local availability. The goal was to enable people to build their own homes with simple and very cheap means. But then the industrial revolution happened, steel and concrete replaced traditional materials and unfortunately with that a lot of knowledge got lost. Ever since architects like Herzog & de Meuron, Wang Shu and other Pritzker Prize winners have started in recent years to use Pisé for prestigious buildings, it lost its stench of being a poor material and got back in focus. Architect Roger Boltshauser aims with the publication „Pisé - Rammed Earth Tradition and Potential“ to record the state of knowledge, make it accessible, and expand the research. From historical rammed earth structures to possibilities and potentials of the material to contemporary constructions he collected essays by historians, architects, construction engineers, and material experts as well as research projects by students of the EPFL - Lausanne. Buy
racquet #4 2019

Racquet #9

California Issue
Are you longing as desperately as we do for some sunshine and warmth? Nothing easier than that as we have the right packed suitcase for you - Racquet #9! The only thing you have to do is to put on your short trousers and lean back to be instantaneous transferred to legendary California U.S.A. while diving into Racquet's California Issue. One bare fact you should know is that even tennis was invented in Great Britain, however, it was created in California. That's why the fellows behind this magazine chose to go way back to the beginning - to the place where it all (really) started. One of these places they visiting is - naturally - the Racket Doctor store in L.A. When the boom in the 1970s and '80s hit the West Coast, everybody and anybody played the ball as well as it was de rigueur to have a tennis racquet close by, this place kept busy 24/7 in the old days - and is still nowadays. Meanwhile Radka Leitmeritz follows the traces of the golden hour in her photo series - which is by the way, as glamorous as the infamous courtyards themselves. Talking about the Who's Who in California tennis-wise brings into the spotlight Charles Schulz. Racquet shows how the tennis-mania influenced the work of the creator of Snoopy and the peanut comic strip. We could go on and on and on (for instance the magical cover done by visual artist Friedrich Kunath), but seriously, Racquet's latest issue is as carefully, beautifully and well written as always and will serve you bloody well! Buy
Klapp-Stullen - Max Faber

Klapp-Stullen

Max Faber
Die Deutschen und ihr Brot - eine Liebe, der ganz besonderen Art. Wie innig das Band zwischen Brot-Connaisseur und der mindestens Mehrkorn- bis Vollkorn-Stulle tatsächlich ist, wird jenem schmerzlich bewusst, wenn er sich für einen längeren Zeitraum in eine Mono-Weissbrot-Kultur begibt. Und nun also das passende Buch zum Brot: Klapp-Stullen. Mit Max Fabers einzigartigem Kunstband/Kochbuch/Enzyklopädie bekommt die Stulle, nun endlich den Tribut gezollt, den sie verdient. Seite für Seite und Scheibe für Scheibe seziert und analysiert der gelernte Koch und Food-Stylist das Kulturgut gekonnt mithilfe eines Scanners. Die daraus entstandenen hochauflösenden Bilder rücken die Stulle nicht nur in ein neues Licht, sondern zeigen sie in all ihren Facetten, ihren zahlreichen Varianten und ihren eigentümlichen Verwandtschaftsverhältnissen wie etwa das Toast, Ciabatta oder Baguette. Dazu gibt es die wichtigsten Fakten vorab wie z.B., dass die 'Stullenpakete' im Mittelalter dazu dienten, dass die Jäger keine fettigen Hände beim Essen bekamen. Alles in allem stimmt es wohl, wie Faber wissend zu bedenken gibt: "Die Deutschen und ihr Brot, das ist eine ernste Sache" - aber das Buch beweist auch, dass die Deutschen sich durchaus manchmal auch selbst auf's Korn nehmen können. Buy
Wallet #4 2019

Wallet #4

Shamans of Space
Where do you go to my lovely? - quite a justified question to ask since for quite some time now fashion has set out to venture in unknown spatiotemporal realms to be produced, mediated, experienced and consumed. After the haute couture has left its origins, outpaced the classical era of studios, ateliers and runways it vastly conquers new, hybrid territories, captures simultaneous platforms under ever-changing conditions. Help in due time brings the Norwegian fashion magazine Wallet, having in mind to look out for contemporary critical approaches towards fashion's expansive practices and meanings alike. While Wallet not only appears as a promising map - guiding you through questions as: leaving the physical behind - how far can you go? And, how virtual has fashion to be(come)? - it certainly functions as suitable Ariadne's thread to keep the orientation within the fashion industry labyrinth. In its fourth and latest issue, Shamans of Space, Wallet follows the traces where contemporary fashion was, is and will be performed. While in part 1 "Fashion Spaces in Practice & Theory" the British fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner, Australian fashion researcher Matthew Linde and Italian architect Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli are giving insights about their daily work, how they experience the on-going shift through fashion's economy as well as sharing their expectations and hopes for a fashionable future part 2, "Where does Fashion happen" stays visual showing various spaces where and how fashion emerge in sometimes unexpected places - at times beyond the obvious. And, as we all know the journey is the reward, Wallet is the perfect guide to get hold of where your lovely goes - as it is readable every and anywhere - for instance from the comfort of your couch. Buy
F - Food Culture #1 Salt

F Magazine

Food x Culture - A Food Documentary Magazine
It's definitely a match! Most likely when paper meets food you're holding a cookbook or a restaurant guide in your hands. That this delicious encounter can turn out differently without being less tasteful proves the F Magazine. The Food Documentary Magazine from Korea is definitely one of a kind. No wonder since this magazine originated from a long-time, inspiring friendship between Magazine B and Baemin. While Magazine B is famously known for telling multi-layered stories behind well-known brands as IKEA, Monocle, Vans, Muji among others Baemin is a critical mover and shaker in South Korean contemporary food culture "bringing good food to anyone and anywhere". Both together result in a fruitful collaboration which will certainly change the way we use and think about our day to day ingredients. The principle is more than simple: Each issue is dedicated to one essential ingredient, so far it is salt, chicken and cheese, entering the multifarious world, the various purposes and histories and the relationship between the people in different stages of the product we use at the end of the line. This nutritional encyclopedia serves as a perfect guidance through the most basic and essential food components featuring various interviews, an academic manual, a geographical overlook and a LAB coming with each Magazine. It's a feast for the eye and we suppose Bongjin Kim's (Baemin) plan worked out saying: "Personally, I'd like to publish a magazine that I would curate for my own personal collection." Believe us, we curate it with full pleasure! Buy
Interview with Indhira Rojas - Anxy Magazine

Interview with Indhira Rojas – Anxy Magazine

We have been spoilt for choice when it came to choose our next interview partner among all these brave, quirky, loud, shy, straight women out there. ‘Big time whining’ indeed! We are all the more pleased that we’ve got founder and creative director of Anxy Magazine, Indhira Rojas, for our second Q&A. In fact, for us it’s like a catch 22 - only in a far more positive manner. With a little help from Indhira we managed to find a way to address both sides of the story: what it means to be a woman and a man these days and far more important, how these notions of gender categories affect and conflict our inner worlds. More
Duty Free Art - Kunst in Zeiten des globalen Bürgerkriegs. Hito Steyerl

Duty Free Art

Kunst in Zeiten des globalen Bürgerkriegs
Duty Free Art composes 15 essays of the media critic Hito Steyerl, recently named the most influential person in the art world by the international art magazine ArtReview. She begins her reflections with a truly absurd institution of the art market: Freeports. The depots for luxury goods at the airports of Geneva, Singapore and Luxembourg, store works of art free of custom duties and at the same time withdrawn from the public. Rumor has it that the Freeport in Geneva is home to thousands of Picassos but due to intransparent documentation the actual number is unknown. However, there is no doubt that the inventory can compete with any large museum. Therefore this luxurious no-man’s-land is assumably one of the most important art locations right now. Technically, the goods are in transit, but in fact this legal vacuum is increasingly becoming a permanent residence for accumulated wealth. The freeport is thus a permanent transit zone and in some way a secret museum. But Hito Steyerl does not stop there. She sees our time as a global hell of indefinite civil wars - through social media delusional populations, capitalism floating on seas of debt, algorithmically guided missiles killing thousands of civilians. And somewhere in all of this is the art world: broken, corrupt, complicit, idiotic, with perhaps just a hint of value to rescue itself out of the wreckage. Maybe. Buy
International Women Day

International Women Day 2019

Well, well, well we've got some treasures for you...
...as we all know this year's International Women Day is on its way. So we thought why not talk about sex, gender, and equality for a start. Luckily, the times feminism is associated with edgy, cold-blooded, joyless women who wear their hair on their teeth, as we say in German, are definitely over. On the contrary the F* word seems to be the hottest shit these days. Many are inspired and encouraged by brave folks who lead the way, telling how they experience equality (or not) at work, out on the streets, and at home. Coming along Joan Didion’s line “We tell our stories in order to life”, we take the American essayist by her word and give space to the manifold voices and their individual stories, compiling all our inspiring titles on feminism, gender, and equality. As feminism is as diverse, complicated, beautiful as women and girls are, it would be wrong to not talk about masculinity, lgbtq and gender at the same time as this cultural paradigm shift happening right now affects us all. So we are delighted that founder and creative director of Anxy Magazine, Indhira Rojas, found some time to talk with us about Anxy’s latest issue Masculinity for our second Q&A coming this week! For everybody who can’t decide what to do on this year's International Women Day why not join Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon? Together with Swathi Sriram and Kirsten Palz you will create Wikipedia entries on cis and transgender woman, non-binary individuals, feminism, and arts. Since seats are limited don’t hesitate and save your place right now. And don't forget your laptop and power cord and feel free to bring some snacks, cake or fruit for you and your fellow editors. Drinks will be served at the location. And now you go and celebrate the beauty and diversity of (wo)mankind!
Real Review #8 Spring 2019

Real Review #8

Coming in a slim format, but unfolding into a wide one once you open it, Real Review is a magazine that wants to be stuffed into your pocket to be read wherever you go instead of laying around on the coffee table. While other magazines try to allure you by a pretty layout but leave you with articles that make you feel you just read two pages of placeholder text, Real Review captivates through genuinely well written and researched articles. The topics chosen are relevant and very specific, therefore giving you an actual inside in „what it means to live today“ - the motto of this quarterly magazine on contemporary culture. Issue 8 embraces subjects such as how extrinsic motives trick our mind like junk food so that we cannot stop following them even though they make us (scientifically proven) sick and unhappy. Therefor we all act like junkies basing our life choices on junk values. Followed by investigations of the fashion trend of merging luxury brand logos with lifestyle brands, Gucci’s twisted-around-logo to knock off the knockoffs or Vêtements’ 250$ take on DHL T-Shirts. While thoughts on how the presentation of the Chaise Longue, throughout art history until today, topped with a half naked, passively waiting female body, reveal the thereby manifested image of the sexually available woman. An inlay is featuring photographic and written snippets by Wolfgang Tillmans composed especially for Real Review. To be honest each article in this issue deserves a full review, but because this is social media and everybody is only looking at the pictures anyway, we suggest you to check out this jewel of a magazine yourself. Buy
Suspira #2 2019

Suspira #2

We should warn you: the latest issue of Suspira Magazine is not for fainted-hearted! Why? The complicated and highly theoretical answer would be that according to the french psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan objet petite a is a part-object located in the area of the Imaginary, an element which is imagined as separable from the rest of the body functioning as an object of desire, a fulfillment for the incomplete subject. What? Exactly! The more simple response is that Suspira spotlights in its Fetish issue an array of sinister women who definitely cannot be turned in an object of desire as they master their sexuality, are highly independent and wildly seductive. These sex goddesses out of the dark proving easily that “our society is still terrified of female sexuality and women sense of agency is their ultimate nightmare“ as editor Valentina Egoavil Medina states it. As she was seeking for powerful women in young age she found them in the section of the video library (true, this part is inspired by our analogue manner) which was inaccessible for fellows under the age 18. The actual heroes of horror movies: Tura Satana, Pam Grier or characters like Vampira and Santanico Pandemonium. The raising question is where does horror end and female desire, sexual pleasure begin? And what has this to do with feminism? We recommend to have the guts and open this red latex-like magazine. Abandon yourself in the cosmos of the mistress of the macabre, the London glamour ghoul Marie Devilreux, listening to what Kristin J. Sollée has to say about her book Witches, Sluts, Feminists - Conjuring the Sex Positive, be drawn in by the illustrations by Tengu Guro or get inspired for your secretly kept film list for sex and horror with the cinematic history of exploitation, Slasher and modern film. Oh and did we mention that objet petite a can be triggered by anything? For instance by a magazine which has the charisma of a giallo movie, fetishising the seductive possibilities of the medium paper to a maximum with its sinful type design, layout and illustrations? We are happy to be incomplete and craving for more horrifying reading material by Dreadful Press. Buy
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