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Launching Side Magazine


Bergen Assembly and our convener Saâdane Afif are pleased to announce the launch of Side Magazine, conceived as a site of research for the fourth edition of Bergen Assembly. Yasmine d’O., who has been invited as curator of the upcoming edition, will be the executive editor.

Side Magazine is dedicated to the seven characters in The Heptahedron, a play written by the French poet, essayist, and scholar Thomas Clerc in 2016. In order of apparition these characters are the Professor, the Moped Rider, the Bonimenteur, the Fortune Teller, an Acrobats, the Coalman, and the Tourist.

Yasmine d’O. says, “I am becoming better acquainted with them, exploring and discovering them through their puzzling names. They would then become the motifs that guide a series of seven exhibitions, which I have in mind for the fourth edition of Bergen Assembly. So as not to travel alone during this thrilling journey, and in order to open my research to other voices I have decided to create this magazine as a tool of poetic prospection, if you will. It is neither an art magazine, nor an academic magazine. Instead, it gives a body to the seven faces of The Heptahedron, physicalising the questions that they raise.”

The first issue of Side Magazine is dedicated to the figure of the Professor. It features seven articles, each of which explores the identity, role, and position of the Professor. Contributors include Uli Aigner, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Jörg Heiser, Christian Nyampeta, Marjorie Senechal, and Vivian Slee.

Seven issues of Side Magazine will be released in the run up to the opening of Bergen Assembly 2022, opening September 8. A special eighth issue will be published after the opening days. This, combined with the existing seven issues as a collection, Side Magazine will constitute the exhibition catalogue and guide.

Executive Editor: Yasmine d’O.
Concept: Saâdane Afif
Chief Editor: Louisa Elderton
Associate Editor: Jonas von Lenthe
Editorial Coordinator: Alix Chambaud
Research Assistant: Tatiana Rybaltchenko    
Proofreader: Hannah Satz
Graphic Design: Neue Gestaltung  

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

Bergen Assembly thanks the City of Bergen and the Arts Council of Norway for supporting this project.

Side Magazine is published by Wirklichkeit Books. It is available directly from their website for purchase and subscription, as well as in selected bookstores around the world.

Order your copy:
Within Norway, or elsewhere, at wirklichkeitbooks.com.

Bergen Assembly 2022
Exhibition: 08.09. — 06.11.2022
Opening Days: 08.09. — 11.09.2022