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    Tue, Sep 21, 2010  Permanent link
    Categories: Communication, art, imagery
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    So it looks like there will be a new futurist-oriented magazine in the making. I have gotten together with two good friends (also designers and aspiring thinkers) and we are currently getting everything sorted out.

    It is still in the early stages, but here are some of the basics:

    • Not-for-profit—for fun and experience! (eventually we would love to pay contributors and ourselves for the time we put in, but for the time being we would rather charge the readers as little as possible).

    • Free (hopefully, if not, as cheap as possible without an over-abundance of advertising);

    • Strong online presence with 2–4 printed issues a year;

    • As sustainable as humanly possible;

    • As global as we can make it;

    • Dedicated to new advances and experimentations in every aspect of our culture;

    • Ever-evolving dependent on content and context;



    There's not much else specific I can say as the ideas are still being formed, but I should have a more solid direction to present within the next couple of weeks. I already have a lot of things in mind when it comes to content (not a small amount coming from SpaceCollective participants, should they be willing) and we will be making some calls for entries once we get to that point.

    For now though, I really want to know:

  • What would you like to see in a magazine?

  • What would make you pick it up, save it, and keep your eye out for the next issue?

  • There seems to be a lot of magazines these days, and while I love a magazine, there are few that interest me enough to actually want to buy. What would set a new magazine apart in your eyes from the rest of the drivel currently out there?

  • Which—if any—magazines do you currently appreciate, and why?

  • Would you possibly be willing to contribute your talent (writing, art, design, music, etc) on a one-time or ongoing basis to such a publication? Without monetary compensation? (The aim of course would be to pay contributors what they deserve, but unless somebody throws down a pile of cash somewhere, we've got to start modestly)



  • Your input is valued above any other and ideally this publication should appeal to you, so any input you can give us before we get much further in the process will really help us in the long-run.

    Thanks everyone!
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    Unfortunately this isn't a post to share something, but to ask something of you instead.

    I have been struggling with a decision for the past little while, and as I am very inspired by the collective intelligence and enlightenment in this community I thought perhaps I would see what opinions you could give me on the subject.

    The question is how you feel about education, in a practical sense. I assume that a majority of people here are currently attending, or have graduated from university or college? I myself just completed a brief yet intense design program, which has successfully launched me into my 'career' as a freelancer (ugh). Ok, I'm hardly complaining.

    The program was great, but left my completely mentally unstimulated. I really want to study a lot of things, but I don't really have much experience with post-secondary education and my whole experience with this education system has left me lacking enthusiasm for it. I'm just wondering what your experience has been and whether or not you would recommend it? So far I have been picking up as many books as I can, adamant that I can teach myself, but I'm starting to wonder whether or not I'm really getting as much out of it as I could without the discussion and interaction that a class would supply.

    So far I have been working my way into philosophy and psychology texts but ultimately would like to move into physics and mathematics. Do you think it is a realistic goal to pursue self-education of that kind? If anyone has experience with it, do you have any specific suggestions? I don't care about the titles whatsoever, so that is not an issue...

    I really appreciate any feedback and thank you in advance!
    Sat, Sep 6, 2008  Permanent link
    Categories: education, diy, advice
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    Good morning SpaceCollective, this is my first post, so I am excited to be able to take part in these discussions.



    I was having a drink with friends the other evening and someone asked "What is the most offensive thing you could say right now?". A couple things were thrown out there before we gave up, concluding that there probably wasn't much that could be said that would be truly offensive. Part of that is because it's very hard to be offended when everyone is making an effort to offend, but I think another part of that is that we are so used to being 'shocked'.

    Something I have been thinking a lot about lately is the effect of the age of information on our language—specifically our visual language. The means we use to communicate (words, symbols, images, etc) is not a static form and is in constant evolution. Virtually every symbol evolves slightly every time it is evoked. Each time it is used, its meaning has the potential to change, eventually rendering it an entirely different usage. Obviously the extent of a symbols evolution depends on the context it is used in, and probably more importantly, the scale at which it is registered.

    Music is a good example of a medium which has an incredible amount of influence on our spoken language: Hip-hop itself has probably re-appropriated a huge amount of words to spit them back out with a completely new connotation. A lot if could be passed off as 'slang', but slang is only slang until the generation that used it becomes the establishment. I think everybody can agree that the language we have now, despite sharing a majority of words, is not the same language we had a century ago.

    Now, as communication increases, symbols get recycled at a faster and faster pace. Advertising is a non-stop communication device that is now reaching a global audience. Pop-culture feeds of advertising (and vice-versa of course) and in the process endless standards, ironies, and cliches are invented and re-invented. It's almost impossible to say 'I'm loving it', or 'just do it' (obvious choices, but phrases that could be used numerous times throughout a day) without bringing to mind everything that associates with the companies that 'coined' them.

    How long can we recycle symbols before they become impotent?

    We see an enormous amount of images every day from every direction. Some of these images are incredibly beautiful, or heart-retching, or absurd, or at least they would have been years ago, but now they are just another advertisement to ignore? As an artist and designer, I am very aware of keeping my eye out for good images (photography, paintings, designs, etc), but more and more I feel like it's all the same. I've seen it all a million times in one way or another. Lately I feel like there is no point in continuing as a visual artist, because what is another image, and do any of us really need more? Contemporary art feels like it is falling in the same hole: how many times can people try to communicate an idea through a round-about, slightly awkward process shown in a large white room full of people who are there for the exact reason of trying to interpret it.

    We know that we can be desensitized to certain things (violence, sexuality, you know everything that gets hyped in the media), but why couldn't we lose the impact of a whole form of communication?

    This is still a pretty abstract thought in my mind, so I'm interested to see what people's opinions are, and if there are any ideas for alternative to the languages we use now. It seems like a shared opinion that our current forms of communication do not have the ability to express our truest meanings, so when do we start doing that?
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