Ausgabe Nr. 7

There was no Spring in Berlin this year. There was a void, a gap – MA. There was a short illusion of early Spring in February, with a few warm sunny days replacing the icy cold weather. Then, nothing… as if nature, and the cycle of seasons, was waiting with us, the humans. I’m not sure what we were waiting for: the vaccine, the end of the lockdown, more physical contact? „Kinbaku needs an audience“ – this is one line that stayed in my mind after one of our first small gatherings in our home studio. With all those online […]

Ausgabe Nr. 6

Winter came, nature stopped her movements. For three, four month, there was no flow of energy. It became still. We became still. The air became thin and grey. There was no life anymore, no growth, no nourishment. There was Death. With icy air it was breathing at us. And although for many people there was depression, we seek our motivation, our inspiration in this void. It seems to us that in our modern society we try to completely exclude Death. We function at the illusion of eternal Youth. We pretend Death doesn’t exist and somehow ageing means getting excluded from […]

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. Producing this magazine together helped us going through this challenging time. The regular meetings on Zoom, every Monday, made […]

Ausgabe Nr. 4

The hot days passed, with an almost unbearable heat laying like a dense blanket over most of the Europe. The sky is still blue, cloudy. The temperature went back to normal after the thunderstorms poured the water onto the dried out earth…  We are closing a cycle. One year ago we met in Berlin. We didn’t really knew what box we opened. We just knew that we wanted to explore our own fantasies and our own cultural roots in relation to Kinbaku. We wanted to understand, how we can cherish the Japanese origin of this art – and still find […]

Ausgabe Nr. 3

What you hold in your hands is the result of the joint effort of an international group of Kinbaku enthusiasts who came together virtually to share their research with you, dear reader. Thank you, for supporting this project. This is very close to our hearts.  We live in strange times, and like everyone else we had to adapt. We witnessed spring break through a foggy window, far away, outside. We all were locked up in our homes. And at the same time, maybe, this outbreak of pure life force, the explosion of the blazing buds, the stunningly fast transformation of […]

Ausgabe Nr. 2

What you hold in your hands is the second edition of the Berlin Kinbaku Society Magazine. It appears almost exclusively in monotone black and white with a bit of blue and red. That is no accident as we are following the seasons with our research and this little piece covers WINTER. A long, dark, and somehow strangely warm winter has ended only to give way to even stranger and surrealistic times. Our topics for this issue were: emptiness, scarcity, the cold dryness of the lifeless plains of winter landscapes, grief, death, stillness, the silent waiting of the seeds deep in […]

Ausgabe Nr. 1

What you hold in your hands is the manifestation of our last quarter’s research in the matters of Kinbaku and the aesthetic of suffering. Who are we? And why do we do this? We are a group of people, different ages, genders and nationalities, but all Berlin-based who came togeth- er to research Kinbaku. Or to put it more simply: we came together to tie. We came together to witness tying and to exchange about what happens in us and with us, when we tie or are getting tied. We have no special qualification for that, none of us is […]