the independent moment

An architecture competition can last at least for one month: insanely intense teamwork for a never-to-be-built concept. A very good friend of mine understands tattooing as the most optimal opposite: less than one hour dedication for a life-long built existence. After late 2000s crisis, architects seem to be encouragingly returning to construct paradise in independent papers, virtual blogs and dreamt utopias again. A lack of clients is progressively enhancing unsolicited initiatives, otherwise never to be achieved if one had a comfortable and stable job. Ladies and gentlemen, we are assisting to the independent, almost self-reliant moment.

Inheriting the prolific production of architecture counter-cultural publications of the 1960s,70s,90s, curator Elias Redstone has recently launched ARCHI ZINES. It is a showcase of new fanzines, journals and magazines from around the world that provide an alternative discourse to the established architectural press. […] (T)he project celebrates and promotes publishing as an arena for architectural commentary, criticism and research, and as a creative platform for new photography, illustration and design.

An on-going archive which today compiles 40 different international titles, 80 considering themed and special issues. And growing. All begun after 2000, and most of them are merely 5 years young; a very contemporary and instantaneous archive for the intended. Some of them will last several decades, others will vanish without trace, while maybe others will make their speculations plausible… But like a tattoo, they all mark a corporeal moment in the very present, and a memory souvenir in the uncertain future.

[1> ARCHI ZINES archive snapshot 15/02/2011]

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