Ausgabe Nr. 5

Lifelessness, quietness – this is what we feel under this thick heavy blanket of the pandemic and the restrictions imposed on us as once again, after a short summer that made us forget about this epidemy, made us feel and enjoy the life… 

Autumn took over. The trees celebrated a last feast of abundance in all shades of yellow, brown and red, before it turned bleak. And with the darkness, longer nights, the rain of the second wave came over us.

5th issue Berlin Kinbaku Society Magazine. Design by Lauren Kavanagh

Producing this magazine together helped us going through this challenging time. The regular meetings on Zoom, every Monday, made us feel as part of a bigger circle. Some of the content we could even produce together, as a shared project.

We started a new cycle, one year after a few enthusiastic people met in our studio in Berlin with just an idea. This is already number five!  Over this year we shaped a magazine that features great European Kinbaku artists. And hence – it is just an art project.

This magazine is not commercial project.

Everyone who support us just contributes to the printing cost. We – the artists, the content creators – do not make any money with it. I like that fact. We don’t aim to get to 2000 pieces next year. We will not have an automatised fulfilment process, it is just Natasha or myself walking to the post office. And no – there will not be a PDF version for download.

Actually, “Challenge” should have been the topic for this issue – but it vanished. “Transition” it became. Transition is what we go through all together, all the time. Life is change. Human nature is to adapt.

We ourselves went through the period of personal challenge and transition over this year, as Natasha writes about in her piece “This too will pass: some thoughts on resilience”:

“…Kinbaku creates a space for feeling our pain without numbing it.  Together we create a space for each other to be as we are without having to numb ourselves to be accepted. This is precious. The rest our bodies naturally will take care of…”

In this magazine we feature, amongst all the other amazing contributors, the two people who have been the most influential to us through our Kinbaku journey: Riccardo Wildties and Red Sabbath.

So read on, dear friends and supporters. Enjoy the pictures, the fiction and the poetry and our reflections on Kinbaku… We hope, this little gem will help you to go through the dark months.

December 2020 | Alexander MA 

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