Where I begin: These metaphorical interpretations of the body and the landTweet
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Genetic Landscape Zine 01, Where I Begin
Art & Design Speculative Fiction- Atas Zine | Includes handling and shipping to Singapore.| Published: 2020 Dimension: 297mm x 210mm Extent: 109 pages Finish: Paperback Published by: Artists Caravan
Genetic Landscape is an independent, full-coloured zine publication organized, edited and publish by Artists Caravan (AC), featuring 13 creatives, including artists, photographer and illustrator. Our collaborators were invited to explore and curate the zine environment the way they would with a physical exhibition space. Genetic Landscape #01’s theme engaged our collaborators to explore and exchange ideas – to propose solutions to rethink, reinvent and recover the social and cultural aspect of land and bodies. We chose the zine as an environment for this initiative primarily for the roots and spirit that zines embody.
The zine’s cover is a collaborative Artwork (using the exquisite corpse game method) as a collage of all participating artists in this zine. In the table of contents, you will find individual artists and their art works. There is also a link (Page 106) to an archive of video recordings of artists’ dialogues where the artists elaborate on their concepts, working processes and inspirations. Hence, we invite you to explore the art works presented, play around with those interactive art works and watch the archive of artists’ dialogues to experience this zine in its fullest output. An exhibition of new developed works expanding from GL issue #01 was also put up in August 2020.
Ahdini and Liza are 2 young artists and recent alumnus of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, each with very exciting practice and development. Ju-lyn is already publishing her own regular zine titled NOTION. Ahdini is currently taking the role of script-writing for short films and Liza is a co-founder of the cross culture/country collective @thedungbeeproject. Shuxia has participated in a series of AC projects. AKai and Timothy both work with photography. KeshuYe is a trained Arts Psychotherapist. Sharmeen/Sifar is a multi-disciplinary artist and works on social urgency issues. Jennifer is co-founder of Post-Museum, Post-Museum FB page, Mei Hsien, Joey.spl, Yinghan and Xiao Yun are from Artists Caravan. And we are honoured to have independent researcher and writer, Yeo Wei Wei to word the forward for us.
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What Our Readers Are Saying
“Overall, I really enjoyed it and really think it did a great job of bringing together so many different works using different media types. As a white Candanian guy, I feel a little bit of it went by me unnoticed, but I gleaned lots of communal emotion and familial strength from the zine’s theme of connection(to the past, to family, to nature, etc). The wide variety of art styles also stood out to me and it feels like everyone involved really grabbed on to the theme and ran away with it. I liked the Barbara Kruger-style photo essay that was part of the ‘Evolving Crisis Series’ and the interactive(yours and ‘Coordinates as eternal maps) pieces were really cool.
- Anw Robinson (Graphic Designer)
Talking about the possibilities of Genetic landscape, given that the DNA that can still exist, that can lie dormant without the space that is given at times, and maybe in the darkest of time. I think this is a very timely publication. To feel that how we can still actually develop our articulation even without the presence of space, even when space is taken away from you. It just reminds me of a quote from the Hollywood movie, The Monuments Men, about artistic expressions and cultural works, you know, you can kill off an entire generation and they can still keep coming back. But if they destroy all these art works, its like they never existed. I think this is the importance of what the DNA is about. Sow the seeds when even everything are gone, when things are turn into rubble, the roses can still grow out of concrete. So I think this is a very pointy time of discussion.
– Liew Kai Khiun (Independent scholar)