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Available Now: Side Magazine,
The Tourist

Collage by Yasmine d’O.
    Bergen Assembly, our convener Saâdane Afif, and executive editor Yasmine d’O. are pleased to publish the fifth issue of Side Magazine which gives shape to the figure of the Tourist.

    Dear Tourist, what have you brought back from your wonderful travels? Which memories are spinning under your bucket hat?

     This issue 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 traveler arriving by plane can miss, asking: BERGEN?

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
Translator: Nina Kettiger
Design: Neue Gestaltung, Berlin

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

    Bergen Assembly thanks the City of Bergen and the Arts Council of Norway for supporting this project. Thanks also goes to Ministère de la Culture, Institut Français, Perspektive, and PSSBL for supporting Side Magazine, The Tourist.

Side Magazine is published by Wirklichkeit Books. 

Order your copy:
Within Norway at Tekstallmenningen.no, or elsewhere at Wirklichkeitbooks.com.


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