Issue 0 of Middle Plane, a magazine challenging the familiarity of the form – founded and edited by Roni Monhait, and art directed by design studio VLF – features print quotes, repeat pages, and instructions on how to hand wash clothes on the cover. Its experimental approach is “preoccupied with process”, and, as the synopsis describes: “Here we present a preparation – a work-in-progress so that we might open a frank dialogue with the reader with a new level of transparency”.
While it’s not entirely clear what the magazine is about from Middle Plane’s first issue, that seems to be the intention. Running with its aforementioned transparent approach to publishing, the result challenges both preconceptions about a magazine’s possible form, and those the reader puts upon it.
Rather than editorial focused on selling clothes, Middle Plane features full-page artworks, photo stories that take advantage of the structure to portray a narrative and an abstracted representation of an email, laid out one word per page and footnoted, dismantling the nature of the back-and-forth communication involved in putting together a magazine.
In terms of theme, its first issue will "revolve around [Russian conceptual artist] Vadim Zakharov’s view of the intellectual, artistic, creative and fashion worlds and will be curated by [gallerists] fontaine b”, but by the sounds of it, Middle Plane will maintain its experimental approach, “in a radical composition of unpublished works… newly conceived texts… and specially developed projects viewed and designed from a fashion perspective”.
- Victor Fonseca treats his graphic design practice like a “playground”
- Photographer Jack Latham investigates the hidden conspiracies of Bohemian Grove
- Stella Park’s warm illustrations reflect her outlook on life
- Ugly beauty and challenging established norms feature in Jade Palace's collaboration with Yat Pit
- Astrid Seme elevates an artist’s work by challenging it through the lens of design
- Elizabeth Hibbard’s unsettling photographs examine subjective experience with a visceral gaze
- New study claims to pinpoint the most creative time of day, down to the minute
- Singapore-based studio Swell explores the idea of the banished book
- "My little niece and my grandmother like the game equally": how Playables made the simply addictive Kids
- In being "open to possibilities" still life painter Duane Keiser paints the everyday joys of life
- What the cluck? KFC releases limited-edition bucket hat
- For Bizzarri-Rodriguez, book design “is everything except a science”