Even though we are researching in the digital space, and my main passion lies at the internet and digital media, I will always have a soft spot for magazines, Especially independent magazines. Next to my iPad, I always have a big pile of magazines waiting to be read. I read magazines offline as well as on my iPad. I must say, reading magazines on a digital device leaves something to be desired. For instance, you don’t have the tactile feeling of knowing how far you are in a magazine. It doesn’t have a nice way to flip the pages fast, just to get a feel of the magazine. That’s why I will keep reading magazines in print. This led me to the Facing Pages festival in Arnhem this weekend. An intimate festival to celebrate independent magazines worldwide. Where else would you find magazines on Meatculture right next to a stencilled personal ‘zine dedicated to DWDD’s presenter Matthijs van Nieuwkerk? The festival revolves around three rooms: The lecture room, the exhibition and the lobby with magazine store. To start with the last. Amsterdam based Atheneum Bookstore runs the popup store with a great selection of magazines. I have found some great titles with outrageous designs. Some of the magazines have their digital counterpart, but to tell you the truth, they don’t hold up to the real thing in your hands.
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