Ilka & Franz
Jale Reyhan Sengul
Juan Gabriel Miño
Leopold & Ulrich
Nele Mailin Obermüller
Sid And Geri
We crave for breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Who knows what.
Why do we have a fridge, if we leave it empty?
Half a lemon, a dubious egg, faded sparkling wine and a piece of what once had been cheese. Out of the freezer we are able to excavate a 1-year expired popsicle. Spread out in front of us on the kitchen counter. When we once had excelled at culinary school we now feel like...
The time we been in the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan. Spring, you smell the warmth, you see the wind. Greens start to pop up. Komorebi - The sunlight slowly fi nding its way through the thicket of the first leaves.
We nod silently, swirl around the fi zzed out sparkling wine and take a sip.
“Are you going to eat that cheese?”, he asks.
-“No, it has mould!?”, we reply.
“There's a legend that once a young shepherd was eating brown bread and a piece of cheese in the mouth of a cave. He saw a beautiful girl in the distance and abandoning his meal he pursued her, only to return to the cave a few months later. His cheese was still there and the mould had transformed his plain cheese into Roquefort.” — “You’re not planning to eat that cheese?!”
He took up the expired popsicle and pointed it at us like it was a magic wand:
“This 11-year-old kid called Frank Epperson was making soda. But when it was bed-time for little Frank he just left this sugary mixture outside overnight with the stirring stick still in. It all froze over. It was delicious and before you know it the whole world was eating Franks Epsicles. Little Frank patented popsicles that can be found stuck in the freezing compartments around the world.”
We stand admiringly between a tank of whale sharks and a family innocently eating from a pack of sushi. The irony and seeming absurdity of the situation kept our brain busy.
We take the popsicle out of his hand, throw it in the trash and put a hand on his shoulder: “Let's explore the relationship between food and unusual topics, and further whether this could be used as a springboard for our creative purposes. We’ve invite you for lunch. So, get your shit together and let's go.”
He looked at us tangled:
“Cornflakes are also an accident” — “This project will be spearheaded by a group of friends and will be sustained by the enthusiasm and hard work of the artists, writers and thinkers that collaborate with us by entrusting their work in our hands for publication.” •
A new group of startups are emerging that explore the potential of lab-grown meet and self-sustaining fish tanks. In contrast to traditional fish farms, these artificial aquariums consist of circular living environments in which the excrements of fish serve as food for the aquatic plants which then clean the water and provide nutrients for insects which in turn serve as food for the fish hence closing (and starting) the cycle again. These companies foresee a huge market in sustainable fish farming as they believe that in the near future fish will be poisonous as the acidity level of the water is increasingly elevating due to the vast amounts of plastic that reach our seas and springs daily. Looking back at our naive (and rather haunting) cover statement under this dystopic future scenario, we realise that it suddenly becomes paradoxical and even meaningless as animals are no longer made out of food (because they cannot be eaten). Humans will not consider stopping eating meat, they will (and already have) developed technologies to provide society with animal food either by growing it on a laboratory or recreating artificial habitats that imitate the natural environment.
The ouroboros teaches us one thing — perfection lies in the circle and the circle is within us; it is not anything we build externally, like laboratories or incubators, we, instead, have to incorporate a holistic attitude towards food in our personal daily routines and as a collective. We will never form a cycle if we don't eat what we ate, if we don't re-collect, if we don't feed-back, and until then we will always find ourselves unbalanced, staggering around, before we fall and fail. •
Take and eat. This is my body.
PUBLISHER & EDITOR IN CHIEF
Asís Ybarra • email@example.com
ART DIRECTION / DESIGN
Tobias Textor • tobiastextor.de
Fabian Wohlfart • fabianwohlfart.com
Eduardo Ecker • firstname.lastname@example.org
Hans Möller Rojas • email@example.com
Jan Motyka • janmotyka.de
Ellie Dempsey • firstname.lastname@example.org
MAGIC ILLUSTRATOR (OF STICKERS)
Kiki Ljung • kikiljung.com • @kikiljung
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KINDLY UNSUPPORTED BY
Friends With Books
Multiple indie magazine distributors
Many fantastic artists and writers
MoMA Design Store
Alexandre Balthasar Laurent Grimod de la Reynière
Wallace (from Wallace and Gromit)
Anton Ego (from Ratatouille)
Fish and Chips