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Available Now: Side Magazine,
The Bonimenteur


Collage by Yasmine d’O.
Bergen Assembly, our convener Saâdane Afif, and executive editor Yasmine d’O. are pleased to publish the third issue of Side Magazine, which 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 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; and finally, Jacqueline Barus-Michel explores belief and our desire for meaning.

Seven issues of Side Magazine will be released in the run up to the opening of Bergen Assembly 2022. A special eighth issue will be published after the opening.

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: Hanna Satz
Design: Neue Gestaltung, Berlin

The editorial committee for The Bonimenteur is comprised of Saâdane Afif, Anna Bühler, Alix Chambaud, Louisa Elderton, Ingrid Haug Erstad, Jonas von Lenthe, Yasmine d’O., Tatiana Rybaltchenko, Pit Stenkhoff, and Kirsten Wandschneider.

Bergen Assembly thanks the City of Bergen, the Arts Council of NorwayMehdi Chouakri and the French Ministry of Culture for supporting this project.

Side Magazine is published by Wirklichkeit Books.

Order your copy:
Within Norway, or elsewhere, Wirklichkeitbooks.com.

Bergen Assembly 2022
Exhibition: 8.9. — 6.11.2022
Opening Days: 8.9. — 11.9.2022