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Image credits: Ái-Như Võ
Logo Design: Jelena Bonner
Graphic Design: Thao Ho

Something must be said
Something must be said
in the dawn, in the trembling moment that space
like the sensation of puberty
mixes suddenly with something vague
I want
to surrender to a rebellion
I want to rain from that big cloud
I want
to say   No   No   No   No

—Let's go
—Something must be said
—The cup, or the bed, or loneliness, or sleep?
—Let's go….

(Forugh Farrokhzad, In a Never-Ending Twilight, Dar Ghorūbi Abadī)

They come in many forms and shapes. And if we don't confront them they might haunt us. This issue focuses on these ambiguous parts of the living and the dead, of human existence as well as its encompassing destructive forces. What do you associate with demons? A source of creation and/or pain? The evil object of repression? Environmental resurrection? Ghostly cues of forgotten violence?

In this issue, the artists Kondo, Sarnt Utamachote, weirdfullmind, Nicky Chue, Chaulichi, Ái-Như Võ and ThaoXX meditate through various media and different narrative tools on the theme 'demons' in both their individual and multiple appearances.

Welcome to our collective reflections on DEMONS.

Franzi Finkenstein and Thao Ho


ISSUE ONE: Mental Health x Music

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Photo credits: Maŕa by Tesha
Graphic/Logo Design: Thao Ho and Jelena Bonner

The prompt originated from personal experiences of sonic soothing and the appreciation of art as a potential expression and representation of struggle that moves, touches and connects us. All contributors invite us to engage with their own interpretations and associations of mental health and music, moving between different art forms of poetry, visual arts, sound collages and essay-ist thoughts. This issue is a soft attempt to reconnect in ever isolating realities through our love for music while simultaneously acknowledging the violent histories, circumstances and structures permeating it.

Franzi Finkenstein and Thao Ho

bb99cents, Danja Burchard, Cérise C. Carson, Jesse G & Nam Nguyen, Jo Harker Shaw, Zuréh Jaramillo Rima, Nina Laçin, Emilia Monin, Shelly Phillips, RUSNAM, Promona Sengupta, Maŕa, Shishan, Raras Umaratih, DJ Uta, Sarah Farina, Perera Elsewhere