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Magazines: March

Three Swedish magazines with local editors and international visions.

For starters, I have selected three Swedish journals that stand out as being very well-edited and yet quite searchable in terms of the topics covered and the authors who have been invited. So nobody main stream overhovedet. Furthermore, they are all internationally oriented and yet have editorial panels by local authors:

subaltern No. 3-4 was released December 2017. That issue deals with the "readability of the matriarchate" based on some of the historians who have founded the topics "motherly" and "goddess language": Bachofen and Gimbutas. The subaltern has changed the layout of 2016, added several new editors and in this connection changed to a new series. The first issue of Series II, 1-2 from 2016, had the theme of "capitalist life forms". It resolutely placed in the proximity of the extension of «ultra left», which characterizes the contemporary critical thinking of Giorgio Agamben and the Invisible Committee. Moses Dobruska's "Development from Jacques Camatte and Pierre Klossowski" and Amadeo Bordiga's new classic "Room against concrete" translated from respectively. French and Italian indicated fractures that go through Marxism and split it into two parts, thus separating anthropology completely from the economy. In that regard, Giorgio was Cesaranos Manual of Sopravvivenza from 1974 [Handbook in Survival] cited and used by Dobruska: It was the book that contributed to the philosophically justified anti-political reshuffles that the Italian February-March movement was facing in 1977.

Crisis and Criticism No. 9-10, June 2017 is about time, history and gender. It was edited by a team around the talented couple Nils Järvinen and Hannh Ohlen Järvinen. Like the Subaltern, Kris och Kritik is also difficult to characterize in a few words. Here, too, there are many translated texts, but it is my impression that the editorial work has a more pronounced ambition to disseminate research overviews. Nils Järvin's article "The Shrinking Time" in Nos. 9-10 is at least an example of such an inclination. Along with this issue, Nils Järvinen's translation of Benjamins was also published The concept of art criticism in German romance, the publisher Opulens, 2017. And art criticism is obviously quite present in Kris och Kritik. Thus, from September 7, Nos. 8-2016 brought the translation of Hito Steyerl's "To the Defense of the Poor Image" from her collection The Wretched of the Screem, Sternberg Press, 2012. Berlin-based Hito Steyerl is the leading scientist-artist in Europe: Henie Onstad Art Center showed a fine selection of her works in the summer of 2010.

critic Nos. 45-46, 2017 (vintage 100!) is another kind of journal. This issue deals with "Dramaturgies" and is distinguished by an introductory essay by one of the Nordic region's leading art theorists and philosophers, Sven-Olov Wallenstein, who this time writes about Lessing's "Hamburger Dramaturgy". Critics are more literary than the previous two journals and often have contributions from fictional writers, although this issue is atypical of being dominated by playwrights, theater scientists, yes, it even has a contribution by the Serbian costume designer and scenographer Maja Mirkovic, who few pages are presented with the completely different conditions that inscribe the theater experience in a collective, economic and craft aesthetic. Finally, Critic is able to use layout, vignette drawings and, not least, cover design by graphic designer Fanny Wacklin Nilsson, who combines material awareness with a sense of a literary "look" that is rarely tasteful.

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Carsten Juhl
Juhl resides in Copenhagen.

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