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ABOUT

a collaborative practice initiated by Erik Hartin producing images, design and editorial content

INDEX

Breaks

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  • Materiality
  • Publishing

‘Allow yourself to be idle, to dwell a moment, to delay and iterate. Use your hands to make something a machine could make much faster. Look for the beauty in the impermanent, the imperfect and the incomplete. Take your time.’

Cats

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  • Publishing

‘I can no longer remember how the topic of cats arose, but as soon as I heard the anger coming out of this man I decided not to say a word; I listened, fixated. I was the only woman in the room. ‘Nasty animals, nasty animals,’ he repeated. He was looking right at me, though not with his eyes.’

Concrete poetry

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  • Materiality
  • Publishing

‘But I think the most surprising thing would be that I had spoken at all. You are my voice, you mine yourself, close yourself, burn yourself, and love yourself because you want to hear me speak.’

Exit

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  • Art direction
  • Materiality
  • Publishing

‘In the first weeks and months I wonder at the textures and surfaces of my new home like a visitor from another planet. I luxuriate in the vanguard sensuality of a new postcode. I collect up the tastes and gestures of homemaking that every move teaches me, each one a new way of being in the world. I cherish it, and pray it won’t be my last.’

Feminism

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  • Publishing

‘In lieu of her fingerprints, the metal clamp in Meinhof’s brain was used by police to identify and then arrest her.’

Friendship

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  • Art direction

‘In a series of intimate meetings, undisturbed by hair and makeup artists, Lina captured models, friends and acquaintances one-on-one – a conversation on the beauty of women.’

Glamour shots

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  • Art direction

‘Their mission: to investigate what glamour looks like today’

Heritage

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  • Art direction

‘The ghost of Coco Chanel had an argument with Karl Lagerfeld.’

Play

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  • Art direction

‘I tend to make absurd video essays because when I was in art school, the post-internet art bros my classmates and I looked up to were making these very didactic videos as their art. At the beginning, I thought it was cool, then I realised it was just a bunch of white men being patronising.’

Poetry

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  • Art direction
  • Publishing

‘Thought about in this way, poetry is well suited to our fast-paced times, since it is a sort of condensed reading (and writing). Instead of spending days reading the latest airport novel – killing time, as people call it – we could read the poetry of Lyn Hejinian, Inger Christensen or one of the young poets we interview in this issue. Instead of killing time, we’d be filling it with purpose.’

Psychoactivity

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  • Writing and editing

‘I had already tried the fly agaric before. They can be quite powerful. I’ve tried it six times. Sometimes there’s no effect, and sometimes it’s very strong. There’s a video of me under the influence where I’m singing.’

Recuperation

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  • Materiality
  • Publishing
  • Writing and editing

‘Francis was already beginning to regret blindly following Jurgen into the night; it was late, and they hadn’t even begun to recreate Savannah’s map.’

Revolution

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  • Art direction
  • Publishing

‘It’s about having the internet as a space for girls, and it also helps to create a new type of imagery, because we decide what to put out there. And it’s different from how we are being viewed in the world, and what we are forced to see on a daily basis with the images that are out there.’

Risk

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  • Art direction

‘Kalain has two main target groups: people who want to preserve the scent of someone who recently passed away, and people engaged in long-distance relationships. I’m part of the latter category. On the homepage of Kalain, the menu offers the option to “cope with a temporary absence” – an activity I’ve been participating in for four years.’

Shameful

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  • Materiality
  • Publishing

‘I felt more shame when working as a fashion model than I do working in porn. But then, I have no shame.’

Tarot

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  • Materiality
  • Publishing

‘I work with my own pack – I based it on the tarot de Marseille but I’ve modified the four suits with Celtic designs.’