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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
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
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
Hot Potato #1 2018

Hot Potato #1 2018

If you wonder what fashion and news have in common, the answer is probably that by the blink of an eye they both belong to the past. And that would be about it. Unless Naoise Farrell, the founder and editor of Hot Magazine, proves us better. Drawing from her personal work experience in fashion industry she bridges the gap by enlightening current political topics through the lens of a fashion magazine. Presented in the idiomatic newspaper format Hot Potato Magazine comes - "twice a year or so" - with political issues which matter while playing with the full sized printed surface without being in the least superficial. Whether discussing the never ending story of the Brexit in a "bite sized chlorine washed chicken nuggets" way in the continuing section ‚Brexplained’, observing the devious deals behind Gun Control or asking Climatologist Dr. Gavin Smith, an expert among Climate Modellers if it would be for the best for humankind to move to the Mars regarding the current environmental state of our planet, it is both: more than a fashion magazine content-wise and more than a newspaper form-wise. This fashionable treasure looks good on everyone or - as Naoise says - „Intelligence is your best accessory.“ Buy
Mindstate Malibu - Kritik Form Eskapismus

Mindstate Malibu

Kritik ist auch nur eine Form von Eskapismus
"Kritik ist auch nur eine Form von Eskapismus." Mit der Erkenntnis, dass der Kapitalismus alles vereinnahmt, selbst Kritik verschlingt und in Form von Büros mit Tischtennisplatte, Hobby zum Beruf machen, Bioprodukten und Slowfood wieder ausspuckt um sich seine Taschen zu füllen, kommt auch die Erkenntnis, dass Kritik demnach nicht die Verhältnisse erschüttert sondern selbst zum vermarktbaren Produkt avanciert. Mindstate Malibu gibt als Antwort eine Form von Gesellschaftskritik, die sich einer klaren Haltung entzieht (da diese vermarktbar wäre) und sich irgendwo zwischen "Hyperironie", Widersprüchlichkeit und surrealen Kommentaren in Twitter-länge bewegt. Unklassifizierbare Anti-Kritik ganz im Sinne des Dadaismus zwischen Grindgoal und Performance-Kunst. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg. Buy
The earth dies streaming

The Earth dies streaming

A.S. Hamrah
When one of the last of his kind, the film critic and cinephile A.S. Hamrah ponders about the contemporary condition of his profession it’s both, touching and frightening. Hamrah surprises in The Earth dies Streaming with his sublime foresight. By describing the historical transformation of film criticism from his personal experience, readers cannot help but nod their heads over and over again. In times in which criticism is no longer directed against the mass media, but in which the masses diligently criticise - better: comment - through every available media channel, Hamrah sees the art of film criticism doomed to failure. And yet, what remains is a slightly shameful feeling of witnessing a last rebellion of a living fossil that turns its last lap of honour. Rightly so! Because what follows is a collection of film reviews he wrote for n+1 between 2002 and 2018. His astute, witty and polemical film reviews paired with a sharp tongue not only bring a tremendous reading pleasure but also shows what we will miss when the art of film criticism becomes a relic of bygone times. Buy
Holiday #382

Holiday #382

Bhutan
The latest issue of Holiday Magazine is about the mystical state of Bhutan. Laying between the giants China and India, the small state is fast overlooked. But with its pristine heights, enchanting villages, untouched nature, and, unique culture it is one of the places where true travel is still possible. Holiday Magazine shows Bhutan through alluring photographs and stories about the solitary summits of the Himalayas and Bhutans love for archery, as the means of expression for the Bhutanese soul. The editor's letter sums it up in one sentence: "This is a real journey, the kind that proves there is such a thing as an elsewhere." Buy
Paradis 2018

Paradis #7

Potential Museums
If we were to reimagine contemporary museums, what would they be and how would they look like? In this latest issue of the slick, high-quality French magazine Paradis, editor Donatien Grau invited fifty-four contributors to picture new versions of the twenty-first century museum. Something of the imagination, which has the potential of breaking up with the traditional patterns museums follow. For this, the Potential Museums issue adopts an experimental approach where artists, designers, editors, writers and scholars are given carte blanche to produce various types of works ranging from essays, poetic and fictional texts, to drawings, images and installations. Some of the proposed ideas here include the “Museum of Nuances”, the “Museum of Frogs” and the “Museum of Non-Verbal Communication”. Buy
Kajet #2

Kajet #2

On Utopias
As the promises of liberalism in its Western shape have taken their toll on the Eastern front, the need for new narratives about reality has never been more pressing. This second issue of Kajet is based on the supposition that people in Eastern Europe have been “tricked into distrusting the existence of an alternative modernity”, hence the question of whether there’s still room for utopia after the utopia of the communist era. Idealism in mind, Kajet writers resurface the spirit of revolt, focusing on rebels, insurgency and visionaries in order to reintroduce a new face of utopianism. They explore the topic through the prism of time, architecture, imagination and futurism. Buy
Comme-ci comme-ça

Comme-Ci Comme-Ça – The Auroville Project

Christoph Draeger & Heidrun Holzfeind
Founded in 1968 in South East India by Mirra Alfassa, Auroville was perceived as the city of the future - a new society thriving on new, spiritually guided principles. Christoph Draeger & Heidrun Holzfeind revisit the community to investigate the origins of the project and whether the people currently involved in it share the enthusiasm of its early days. With archival research observations and interviews with some of the 2000 people currently living in Auroville, they examine whether the standards of the the city of the future have been met, whether common ownership, life-long learning and research into the spiritual are still the basic principles guiding the community. But foremost there’s a clear focus on the architectural aspect in Draeger and Holzfeind’s book, which they display with photographs, archival blueprints and documents about the original city plans. Buy
The final companion to books from the Simpsons

A final companion to books from the Simpsons

Olivier Lebrun
Whether it is a representation of a Homeric moment, a snapshot of the hellish ten-year-old troublemaker Bart or a solemn intellectual disposition featuring Lisa, “A Final Companion To Books From The Simpsons” is a new volume about the books which appeared in The Simpsons. Assembled by French graphic designer Olivier Lebrun and published by Yellow Press, this final collection is displayed in faint yellow and shades of grey screenshot photos of book references that exist within the Simpsons universe, whether taken from real life or invented to suit the plot of the episode. From ‘Flander’s Bible” and “Fear of Flying”, to “Crazy Things Old Ladies Say” and “The Big Book of British Smiles”, to “Ein + 1 = 0”, “From Loser to User” to “Things Fall Apart” an anthology of 339 titles which appeared throughout the years in the legendary tv series. Buy
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