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Side Magazine: An Acrobats
Yasmine d'O. (ed.)

The seventh and last issue of Side Magazine is dedicated to the character of an Acrobats (“who are two but together as one,” as Thomas Clerc says in his play, The Heptahedron). Two in one is the promise of a self, freed from the deadening game of immutable identities. Walking on their hands, upside down, feet in the air, defying gravity, an Acrobats invite us to overthrow the established order. Seven contributors shed light on this figure: Jörg Heiser takes us on an ever-twisting journey through the universal force of gravity; Anton Escher looks at how a group of Moroccan acrobats have been invited around the world to demonstrate their prowess, participating in the modern tradition of highly-skilled migration; Anri Sala and Tacita Dean contextualise Sala’s work A Spurious Emission (2007); Gerald Bär tells us how Fernando Pessoa used specific literary strategies to encourage the sense of strangeness in himself; Eran Schaerf brings to life his many inner voices, which inhabit the script of his performance Blinded in Remembering the Present? Ask Franz; and finally, curator Marcella Lista offers us a journey through La Ribot’s conceptual Distinguished Pieces series, with selected pages from the legendary choreographer’s notebooks published as facsimiles.

Side Magazine is conceived of as a site of research, each issue giving shape to one of the seven characters that will be staged at Bergen Assembly in 2022, convened by artist Saâdane Afif.


Executive Editor: Yasmine d'O.
Concept: Saâdane Afif
Design: Neue Gestaltung, Berlin
August 2022
ISBN 978-3-948200-13-8
28 x 21 cm
96 pages
Numerous colour and b/w ills.
Saddle-stitched softcover