Posted by CHRIS on September 14, 2009 at 09:05 PM
This magazine is an experiment. A magazine that is not entirely layouted on the computer or even better: a magazine that isn‘t a screen to print production. We went back to old phototype setting methods, which were adequate before ‚desk top publishing‘ (DTP) was taking over. We tried to figure out what desktop publishing means to us today, by rebuilding the word itself in a way Heidegger would analyze the semantic components and contexts.
We took desktop publishing literally and this magazine is the outcome. We were not interested in producing a retro-looking magazine, instead we wanted to have a grip of materiality while working on it, which we think is lost in the process of computer to plate print techniques used today.
Of course this relevance is kind of obsolete for the reader as it is relevant for the maker, obviously it is bound to the process and evolvement, but maybe the reader gets a spiritual bond while flipping through these pages. There are not many constant figures in this magazine, except for our Hasselblad repro-camera, the format and the manual grid-system, which we called the Feedbackgrid. The output is a picture book of obscurity, but it will be dissolved for those who seek the written word in our appendix, until you - our dearest readers - reach there, we hope you to enjoy this publication, which is build around the art itself.
The DTP issue is created by Lodown Magazine & Johannes Schroth.
This issue features Robert Fehse, Moritz Kassner, Nico Leist, Steve Michaelis, Constantin Engelmann, Tom Sachs, Nida Sinnokrot, Martin Wilson, Kasia Fudakowski, Spencer Lowell, Robert Hoffmann, KR, Peter Lorenz, Knotan, Alex Flach, Jayson Musson, Daniel Joseph, Ben Jones, Ed Templeton, Andreas Gursky, Ed Ruscha, Geoff McFetridge, DZINE, Ben Sleeuwenhoek, Vesta Nele Zareh, Mercedes Helnwein, Mike Mills, Stefan Marx, Patrick Pulsinger and Marco Meiran.
Buy Lodown DTP Issue 001 here