Colour Mixing Machine by Saya Woolfalk
Colour Mixing Machine by Saya Woolfalk


06 October 2016

As POSTmatter prepares to relaunch, we take a look at the first issue, New Mythologies, available online from 29th September.

Since its inception in 2010 as a series of independently published editions for the iPad, POSTmatter has become an important voice on modern life and culture in the digital age, focusing primarily on how emerging and established artists are being influenced by new technologies, and, in turn, are changing the ways in which we engage with these tools.

The magazine has participated in the 54th Venice Biennale and 3rd Lisbon Architecture Triennale, collaborated with artist Doug Aitken and the Luma Foundation to create an app-based experience, and presented exhibitions in Milan and at London’s ICA that explored how digital publishing can extend the physical limitations of the gallery.

Earlier this month, we were excited to welcome them as our media partner on the second edition of The Long Progress Bar – Festival of Radical Imagination, which featured talks by Turner Prize-nominated artist Roger Hiorns, and screened work by Lawrence Lek, Kate Cooper, Gazelle Twin and others.

From September, POSTmatter will take a new approach to digital publishing. Favouring quality over quantity, the publication will relaunch with a format of two issues per year; each based on a theme. A mix of essays, artist commissions, interviews, new fiction, mixtapes and multimedia experiments, the first issue, ‘New Mythologies’, will explore the parallel between the myths and rites of the past and the alternative belief systems of today’s postdigital age.


POSTmatter cover, a surreal moving image piece by innovative Berlin-based design studio Zeitguised

In this packed issue:

Marguerite Humeau explores the biological origins of love in a new digital ‘parchment’, with a poem by Toke Lykkeberg Nielsen, extending her recent solo exhibition at Palais de Tokyo. Claire Hentschker constructs a semi-meditative journey through abandoned malls in an interactive multimedia piece; and Dominic Hawgood draws a parallel between the fictions enabled by digital technology and the hallucinogenic effect of the drug DMT in his work Casting Out the Self.

Catacombs by Claire Hentschker

Lucile Hadžihalilović considers childhood rites and their transgression in her first film for 11 years; Emma Charles connects geology with the materiality of the internet in docu-fiction film White Mountain; and Sasha Litvintseva wonders about the fictions of the past, present and future, curating an expansive film programme that features Graeme Arnfield, Jesse McLean, Lance Wakeling and Michael Robinson.

Casting Out The Self by Dominic Hawgood

Jussi Parikka talks about breaking open the myths of our machines; Evian Christ and Lee Gamble share memories and reflections in a personal eulogy to rave culture; and AJ Dehany joins a cult for the night, led by Florence Peake, Beatrice Dillon and Wojciech Kosma, learning new rituals of trust, intimacy and forbidden knowledge.

Two mixtapes created for the issue come from electronic musician Aisha Devi – who blends metaphysical and religious influences, notably in her recent album Of Matter And Spirit – and Timothy Morton – who fuses pop music with philosophy, in response to the themes of the issue.

Exxon Mobil by Suzanne Treister

Additionally, Tyler Coburn presents three original short stories that imagine the evolution of the human body and Suzanne Treister tells the tale of a banker turned outsider artist in a new digital reimagining of HFT The Gardener, uncovering a conspiracy that links psychoactive drugs, trading algorithms and the meaning of the universe.

Here, we’ve previewed just a few of the great articles and artworks that will feature in the the first issue, ‘New Mythologies’. The full issue will be viewable on POSTMATTER.COM from 29th September.



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