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Side Magazine


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      Side Magazine is conceived as a site of research for the fourth edition of Bergen Assembly convened by artist Saâdane Afif. Afif has invited Berlin-based Yasmine d’O. as curator of the edition and executive editor of Side Magazine

        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, “The seven characters in The Heptahedron resemble a game—a tarot deck—and that’s handy, because my work as a curator requires a certain level of divination. I am becoming better acquainted with them, exploring and discovering them through their puzzling names. I consider Side Magazine 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. Subsequently, they will become the motifs guiding the seven exhibitions that will shape the seven sides of the upcoming Bergen Assembly.”
   
    Seven issues of Side Magazine will be released in the run up to the opening of Bergen Assembly 2022, each comprised of seven articles respectively. A special eighth issue includes installation images, which will be published after the opening days. This, combined with the existing seven issues, make up the collection that constitute the exhibition catalogue and guide.


The Professor



        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 and Valérie Chartrain, Jörg Heiser, Christian Nyampeta, Lili Reynaud-Dewar and Yasmine d'O., Tatiana Rybaltchenko, Marjorie Senechal, and Vivian Slee.

        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.

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THE MOPED RIDER



        What are you hiding under your helmet, dear Moped Rider? Where will your wanderings lead you and what encounters might they bring?

        The second issue of Side Magazine is dedicated to the manifold figure of the Moped Rider, approached differently by seven contributors. The full list of contributors includes: Haci Akman, Michèle Bernstein, Lou Ferrand, Pierre-Henry Frangne, Patrick Jagoda, Yasmine d’O., Lars Ole Kristiansen, Marcella Lista, and Kristian Vistrup Madsen.

        The editorial committee for The Moped Rider is comprised of Saâdane Afif, Anna Bühler, Alix Chambaud, Louisa Elderton, Jonas von Lenthe, Yasmine d’O., Tatiana Rybaltchenko, and Pit Stenkhoff.

        The Moped Rider is supported by the City of Bergen, Arts Council Norway, and Fundació Antoni Tàpies.

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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.

        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.

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The Fortune Teller




        Divine Fortune Teller, what do the cards say today? Won’t you fill the void of our hypothetical futures?

        Professor Alain Schnapp’s abyssal knowledge of ruins was called upon to offer an unmissable forecast. The message delivered by the oracle Franco “Bifo” Berardi at the temple of Apollo in Delphi to the students of the Dirty Art Department (Amsterdam) is transcribed. Good fortune often flows from the outsider; Aage Borchgrevink recounts how the geologist Farouk al­ Kasim, an Iraqi immigrant, helped establish the Norwegian oil industry. The reproduction of selected pages from Verena Dengler’s diaries offer the possibility that the voices of all ages who wrote them cast spells on her future as an artist. Sébastien Wit reveals the nuances that inhabit chance by recalling two famous artistic dis­putes. Could the bookseller be a kind of fortune teller? This is the question asked to siddhartha lokanandi and Theresa Clasen. Concluding with the sounds of the Saami drums, Fredrik Prost tells us stories about this divinatory instrument.

        The editorial committee for The Fortune Teller 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.

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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
Proofreader: Hannah Satz
Graphic Design: Neue Gestaltung


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