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magCulture Live, New York, 2022

  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Sunday May 22, 2022
  • Atrium | Ace Hotel Brooklyn
  • 252 Schermerhorn St.

After a break of two years we’re excited to confirm magCulture Live is returning to New York for another celebration of the culture of magazines.

Previously known as ModMag, the annual event showcases the best creative editorial projects, with speakers from across the magazine spectrum sharing their work. Read on for more details.

magCulture Live features a series of talks by speakers from some of today’s most innovative magazines. All will provide their own unique insight into the role of the magazine in contemporary culture.

While we continue to finalise the line-up, we reveal the first speakers below. They include people from long-standing established New York titles as well as from the brightest new indies.

Confirmed speakers:

Richard Turley & Mel Ottenberg, Interview
Originally launched by Andy Warhol in 1969, Interview has gone through many iterations, but its current one is surely one of the most exciting. Reflecting the colliding worlds of fashion, art, music and celebrity, it is presented as an oversized zine. Every page is spilling over with an ever-developing aesthetic mashing type and image together, and we’ll be welcoming the principals behind these two disciplines to hear how they put the magazine together.

Emily Stokes, The Paris Review
Another longstanding institution, The Paris Review (NY-based despite its name) has recently been relaunched under new editor Emily Stokes. She brought in designer Matt Willey to help redefine the magazine, and she’ll be sharing a little of the title’s history before discussing the redesign process. Emily has previously worked at Harper’s MagazineT: The New York Times Style Magazine, and The New Yorker, where she was a senior editor.

Vincente Munoz & Audrey Rose Smith, Balcony
This smart art magazine launched last year, and issue two has just been published. As we wrote at the time, ‘Its refreshing view of the art world ignores the usual work-fixated narratives of art publishing in favour of the intimate and everyday—Balcony is made up of conversations with artists about their lives.’ It’s also a fabulous-looking piece of print.

Kathleen Tso & Vicki Ho, Banana
This richly visual magazine celebrates Asian culture, combining the traditional and contemporary against a context of the mutual cultural influence of the West and the East. ‘We hope that Banana helps inspire Asians as well as brings awareness to allies,’ says Kathleen, co-founder of the magazine.

Verena von Pfetten, Gossamer
Gossamer is one of several US magazines launched alongside the liberalisation of cannabis legislation. Less about getting high than about providing content of interest to people while high, it’s always a well-produced, visual treat and packs a few surprises every time, most recently a highly tactile, felt-like front cover. Verena is the co-founder of the magazine.
Read our review of issue four

Vaneesa Saba, Mother Tongue
‘We wanted to connect with mothers who felt frustrated by the fact that their intellectual, professional, social, sexual, analytical lives were sort of overlooked once they were a mom,’ Mother Tongue co-founder Natalia Rachlin told us recently. Vanessa is creative director of the new magazinewhere she is reinventing the visual language associated with publishing for mums to match the editorial ambitions of the title.
Read our recent interview with the Mother Tongue founders

Happy David, Casa Magazines
Casa Magazines in the West Village is a New York institution, a magazine store that still revels in stocking the best magazines. From Interview to Mother Tongue, they stock them all. Happy will discuss the successful campaign to save the store during the pandemic.

Christian Nolle, Direction of Travel
Direction of Travel is a newspaper-format mag devoted to the golden age of airline route maps, the pre-digital prointed diagrams that descibed the growth of the air industry. It’s designed and published in London by digital infographics designer Christian Nolle, who’ll be explaining the links between his magazine and his daily practice.

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