Side Magazine—The Tourist
The fifth issue of Side Magazine accompanies the Tourist on their quest for souvenirs. While being accused of fuelling superficial consumerism, the Tourist follows their sincere desire to find meaning, placing themself, all senses hyperalert, in unusual situations to capture memories.
Abdelmajid Arrif takes us to a “Territory of Misunderstandings,” Marrakech’s famous Jemaa el-Fna square; Saint Augustine analyses the governing mechanisms of his own memories in his Confessions, written towards the end of the fourth century; Daniel Buren’s text from 1988, which relates to his Photo-Souvenirs series, reminds us of the difference between the photograph of a work and the work itself; Maggie Popkin reflects on the phenomenon of souvenirs; Xavier de Maistre’s voyage around his room from 1794, written during his house arrest in Turin, is interwoven with photographs by the artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster; and Moses März refers to Edouard Glissant’s Poetics of Relation to explore the issues of borders, migration, and political communities in contemporary Germany.
Finally, Ida Lødemel Tvedt reflects on her relationship to her hometown through the lens of Ragnar Kjartansson’s monumental sculpture which no traveller arriving by plane can miss, asking: BERGEN?
Contributors: Abdelmajid Arrif, Saint Augustine, Daniel Buren, Maggie Popkin, Xavier de Maistre, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Moses März, and Ida Lødemel Tvedt.
Executive Editor: Yasmine d’O.
Chief Editor: Louisa Elderton
Associate Editor: Jonas von Lenthe
Concept: Saâdane Afif
Editorial Coordinator: Alix Chambaud
Research Assistant: Eirini Fountedaki
Copyeditor and Proofreader: Diane Fortenberry
Translator: Nina Kettiger
Design: Neue Gestaltung, Berlin →
ISBN 978-3-948200-11-4, June 2022, 28 × 21 cm, 96 pages, numerous colour and b/w ills., English, saddle-stitched softcover