Side Magazine—The Bonimenteur
The second issue of Side Magazine sketches a portrait of the Bonimenteur. Coming from the French word bonir (to tell stories in a nice way), their speech is often exaggerated, and aims to please, convince, and seduce—illusionary tricks often used used as a means to an end.
Seven contributors explore the soul of this talkative figure.
Aurélien Gamboni analyses Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Conjurer (1502).
Polly Wiesner discusses storytelling at night among the Ju/’hoansi (!Kung Bushmen).
A reprint of Marion Baruch’s NAME DIFFUSION links commodity with cultural production.
Helmut Draxler looks at the relation between art and its display.
Deborah Bowmann harnesses neoliberalism’s individuation.
Jean Breschand puts Pier Paolo Pasolini’s masterpieces in the frame.
Finally, Jacqueline Barus-Michel explores belief and our desire for meaning.
Contributors: Aurélien Gamboni, Polly Wiesner, Marion Baruch, Helmut Draxler, Deborah Bowmann, Jean Breschand, Jacqueline Barus-Michel.
Executive Editor: Yasmine d’O.
Chief Editor: Louisa Elderton
Associate Editor: Jonas von Lenthe
Concept: Saâdane Afif
Editorial Coordinator: Alix Chambaud
Research Assistant: Tatiana Rybaltchenko
Translator: Nina Kettiger
Proofreader: Hannah Satz
Design: Neue Gestaltung, Berlin →
ISBN 978-3-948200-09-1, March 2022, 28 × 21 cm, 80 pages, numerous colour and b/w ills., English, saddle-stitched softcover