Issue 01

Emilie Sannom, The Fear of Death was Not So Great

Jia Zhangke, Downtime & The Long Take

Carolyn Funk, SHOWINGS

John Akomfrah interviewed by Devika Girish

Keegan Fong, Tampopo + Kitchen Sink Soba 

New Red Order, Culture Capture: Terminal Adddition

Olivier Assayas, Cinema in the Present Tense

Amy Heller, Canon Fodder

Sylvère Lotringer interviewed by Jonathan Thomas

Ingrid Caven sings Air du Rat


John Akomfrah (b. 1957) is an artist and filmmaker whose work is grounded in the principles of montage. He is a co-founder of Black Audio Film Collective, Smoking Dogs Films, and is represented by Lisson Gallery. Recent international group shows includes: Ghana Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale, Italy (2019); Prospect 4, New Orleans, LA, USA (2017); Unfinished Conversations, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, USA (2017); British Art Show 8 (2015-17) and All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (2015). His new exhibition, The Unintended Beauty of Disaster, opens April 13 at Lisson Gallery in London

Ingrid Caven (b. 1938) is an actor and cabaret singer best known for her performances in the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, including Love is Colder Than Death (1969), Gods of the Plague (1969), Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1969), Rio das Mortes (1970), The American Soldier (1970), The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971), Martha (1973), Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (1975), Fear of Fear (1975), and In a Year of 13 Moons (1978). Muse to Yves Saint-Laurent, she is the subject of Jean-Jacques Schuhl’s award-winning Ingrid Caven: A Novel (2000).  

Keegan Fong is owner of Woon Kitchen, a family-run Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles specializing in chewy, wok-seared Shanghainese noodles. 

Carolyn Funk is an artist living in New York. 

Devika Girish is the Co-Deputy Editor of Film Comment magazine and a Talks programmer at the New York Film Festival. She is also a contributor to the New York Times, Sight & Sound, Reverse Shot, Criterion, Village Voice, CinemaScope, and other publications, and has served on the selection committees of the Mumbai Film Festival and the Berlin Critics' Week. Her work has been recognized with a 2018 National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award and a 2019 Southern California Journalism Award, among other honors.

Amy Heller cofounded and runs Milestone Films with her husband/partner Dennis Doros from the basement of their home in New Jersey.

Itch Princess is the musical moniker of visual artist Katelyn Farstad. Itch Princess mostly manifests as an album-based project in which she writes, records, produces, and performs all of the songs. She sometimes enlists improvisation or production support from musicians she admires. She has scored one film and written sound pieces for live dance in the past. She currently resides in New York City.

Sylvère Lotringer (b. 1938) is a literary critic, editor, and founder of the publishing house Semiotext(e). He is Professor Emeritus of French Literature and Philosophy at Columbia University and Jean Baudrillard Chair at The European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. He lives in Los Angeles and Baja, Mexico.

New Red Order (NRO) is a public secret society facilitated by core contributors Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys. Working with an interdisciplinary network of informants—including Ashley Byler, Driftnote, Jim Fletcher, Inpatient Press, KITE, Maiingan “iNDiO1763” Wiikwedong, Kyleigh M. Mathewson, Tony Oursler, Laura Ortman, Jeremy Pheiffer, Gaile Pranckunaite, Walter Scott, Rezarta Seferi, Bayley Sweitzer, Walker Tate, Virgil Taylor, Kate Valk, and others—the NRO co-produces video, performance, and installation works that confront settler colonial tendencies and obstacles to Indigenous growth and agency.

Emilie Sannom was an actor, stunt performer, and pioneer of Danish “sensationsfilm” of the 1910s. 

Jia Zhangke is one of China’s most prominant and critically acclaimed filmmakers. He is a writer, producer, and director known for Xiao Wu (1997), Platform (2000), The World (2004), Still Life (2008), and A Touch of Sin (2013), winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2016 Jia opened a noodle restaurant specializing in Dao Bo Mian in his hometown of Fenyang.

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