The 6th edition of the magazine with it’s headquarters in Amsterdam tells us about “secrets” and how they can be “beautiful but terrifying”. With a cover designed by Melissa Gordon we can recognize part of the artist’s visual syntax, such as vertical elements in the digital collage with images from articles that illustrate the inside of the magazine. These remind us of something mystical; a peeping tom peeking at us, as we begin our journey through this publication made by women, for women.
In the chapter of Heresies we read favorites selected by the magazine: there you can learn about the bonobo ape, it’s kindness and altruism and how the artist Dafna Maimon considers it to be a role model; also in the same assemblage of small texts we have one by the photographer Agnes Thor which explains us the importance of procrastination in her creative process and concludes that “All These (ordinary) things have to happen for me to be able to arrive at an idea”.
This is followed by an interview with the astrologer Rhea Wolf and author of “The light that changes: The moon in Astrology, Stories and Time”. Finding her place in queer astrology by countering the heterosexual normative language, she identifies a wide variety of genre perspectives in the myths and archetypes of the planets.
The artist Sara van deer Heide occupies the central pages, with her still taken from the slide projection “Art History”. A work from 2011 and that nowadays belongs to the De Vleeshal collection (NL), it has a predominance of red-white-black, in which the color combination refers to in most cultures to life, death and birth. It also shows us a compilation of abstract images with direct reference to mediums such as modernism, abstract expressionism, applied arts, feminism and so-called “primitive art”.
Further on we are introduced to the term “smell-scape”, created by Chemist Sissel Tolaas who has developed a fascinating project combining science and creativity: “The Smell Archive”, which currently consists of more than 7,000 smells, collected throughout the world. This archive is intended to create a “Smell Alphabet”, that bypasses the common notions of smell and tries to develop an objective on its reflection. NASALO is a fictional language for talking about scents and arises as a result of the experiences that Sissel has had; on the edges of the interview pages a small sample is displayed of a wide range of this “nasal” language, and their corresponding aromas.
Getting to the final pages we can read the fascinating narration from DJ LYNNÉE DENISE on her journey of “migration” from HIP-HOP to HOUSE MUSIC, where she begins by explaining to us that the initial philosophy of hip-hop was based on the resistance codes of ghettos, and that with the massification of the genre there was a consequent reduction of the standards of the craft; leading the DJ to explore for other musical scenes, and by then she starts to describe the birth period of HOUSE MUSIC in queer nightclubs in Chicago at the hands of genius Frankie Knuckles who once said: “House Music is Disco’s revenge.”
To sum up, the metallized paper pages and pink-bronze make us dream as we go through the magazine, characterized by a design using pure geometric forms. These intercalate with more clear pages where the texts and page edges breathe a more anarchic and contemporary air.