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MONO.KULTUR #46 / SOUNDBITE 02

Today is a good day: today is the day our new issue mono.kultur #46 is going to print.

ALTERNATIVES IN PRINT: MACGUFFIN

Dutch design magazine MacGuffin has been gathering a swiftly growing following since its first issue came out three years ago, and deservedly so. Admittedly, at first we didn’t quite understand the buzz – while we are all for mono-themed magazines, MacGuffin’s focus on a mundane daily use object felt a little too specific for our tastes: we weren’t sure if we really wanted to read 200+ pages about windows, ropes or sinks. Surprisingly, though, it turns out we do – at least when they are as intelligent and entertaining as proposed by MacGuffin.

Take, for instance, the current issue, dedicated to ‘The Ball’: Who would have thought that the Mayans invented the first bouncy rubber ball, hundreds of years before a certain Mr Goodyear patented the rubber ball as we know it? Or that ball boys for tennis have to undergo a year-long training before they qualify to fetch balls at grand slam tournaments? Or that the curious inventor of the smiley goes under the apt name of Harvey Ball? MacGuffin is full of these odd little stories. Trivial knowledge, sure, but surprisingly interesting and highly entertaining in its obsessive curiosity about the mundane objects that shape our daily lives without us giving them a second thought. And it does so with ridiculous precision and attention to detail, in content as well as its brilliant design by Sandra Kassenar which manages the feat of looking a little dusty yet modern, rigorous yet quirky, conceptual yet slightly off, all at the same time.

Note the +1 among MacGuffin’s following.

DEAR YOU

Re-screenprinted: three messages for you by wondrous and wonderful Miranda July, and finally available again at mono.konsum.

MONO.KULTUR #46 / SOUNDBITE 01

In the making indeed: mono.kultur #46.

mono.punkt #43: FRIENDS WITH BOOKS 2018 / BERLIN

It is that time of the year again, autumn that is, when Friends with Books come strolling around the corner, with the latest coolest prettiest books and magazines tucked casually under their arm. Yes indeed, opening tonight at glorious Hamburger Bahnhof: Friends with Books Art Book Fair Berlin for a weekend of printed matter fixation. We will be there, and so should you.

Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin 2018
19 October 2018: 18–20h
20 & 21 October 2018: 11–19h

Hamburger Bahnhof
Invalidenstraße 50-51
10557 Berlin

mono.punkt #42: MULTIPLE ART DAYS / PARIS