The printed magazine is an art form which is often described as a dying medium; its continued existence has been a subject of media debate in the post-net age, and in art publishing (as in all of its genres) magazines have been forced to evolve.
Modern Matter aims to solve this problem the problem of why magazines still exist by attempting to use the magazine space as a forum for truly bespoke art content.
Rather than simply reproducing Q&A interviews and static shoots, Modern Matter aims to collaborate with its featured artists in real and varied ways: by publishing a visual essay curated by Luc Tuymans or Rita Ackermann, for example, or by encouraging the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist to start a dialogue with his favourite tennis writer.
Modern Matter’s perspective its central thesis is treating the very presentation of the arts as an art-form in and of itself. From an experimental approach to design, to non-linear values in the field of editorial content, Modern Matter is a unisex publication which aims to examine exactly what can be achieved in the field of printed matter: the attributes of the medium which still mark it out as vital in a digital age.
In this issue:
Modern Matter presents a showcase of the art of remastering, rendered in print, so that analogue processes are given a digital sheen, and old-school artists are given a new-school vibe. Franz West, born in 1947, is re-printed in his favourite colour, hot pink; Paul Chan weaves new publishing and politics out of a rich experimental literary history. Daniel Richter remixes two archive issues of this very magazine, and Arthur Jafa reconfigures Whitney Houston as not just an icon, but a saintly ghost. Cajsa Von Ziepel reworks human bodies, so that male and female forms combine, and Christian Jankowski re-appropriates art world frivolity to make art. Nick Knight introduces, or re-introduces, liberal skinhead brutalism into fashion. Replay: pause: stop: rewind. Then start all over again.
Our repeat version happens to be printed in an offbeat colour profile: Froga V5 uncoated, European Standard. Can you tell the difference Either way: consider it a chance to reconsider everything that you’ve already seen.
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