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White Fungus is an arts magazine based in Taiwan.
"That gesture also is a kind of gesture you make towards the reader, saying, "I trust you", and in a way you're enticing people into the unknown. You're saying, 'Let your curiosity lead you and be perplexed by what you might find because you're going to open this magazine at your risk..." ~ Paul Holdengräber, The Quarantine Tapes
Art Ensemble of Chicago, 30-page feature by Kurt Gottschalk exploring the avant-garde jazz group's five decades of perpetual revolution into the present, accompanied by rare photographs
Batlove Redux, impassioned defence of bats by Tessa Laird, the author of Bat, part of Reaktion's much-loved Animal Series. Laird details the persecution of bats following Covid, recalls art and literature inspired by bats, and recounts her experiences volunteering to rescue flying-foxes during forest fires at Yarra Bend National Park in Australia
Bombing Lord Han Dan, in-depth report on Taiwan's unusual and extreme folk religious ritual in which participants, mostly members of the criminal underworld, stand half naked on a palanquin and are "bombed" mercilessly by live fireworks to please the deity, Lord Han Dan. Banned in the 1980s as an extortion racket, the ritual is now a major tourism event
Annea Lockwood, interview with the avant-garde composer and a look back on her London years in the 1960s and 1970s in which she created her legendary Glass Concerts and Piano Burnings
Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, article by Marcella Faustini about the Brazil-based art duo who collaborate with subterranean dancers, singers, and preachers to create video artworks
Yao Jui-Chung, photographs of Taiwan's religious statues with an accompanying text. Following an argument with his mother, the artist says he was instructed by a female voice (perhaps it was the sea goddess Mazu) in a dream to photograph these topographic monuments
Paul Celan, article by Barry Schwabsky looking back on the life and work of Paul Celan, often called the greatest of European post-war poets. Celan wrote poetry in German, the language of his mother's executioners, and his use of the language, Schwabsky says, was always estranged and estranging. The author quotes Jean Daive, who once wrote that, "Celan chews a word like a stone." We too, Schwabsky says, have to break our teeth on them
The Reinvention of Justice Yeldham, article about the Australian musician who makes music by playing mic'd-up often scalene-triangle-shaped panes of glass with his mouth. The artist reconfigured his approach to music during the Covid era
A Brief History of the 21st Century, third installment in New Zealand comic artist Tim Bollinger's look back on the tumultuous century thus far.
Published by White Fungus Publishing
Edition of 17
21 x 28 cm