Facing Pages is the biggest event in Europe on independent magazines. Never before has such a large variety of international independent magazines been brought together. Facing Pages (formerly O.K. Festival) offers an exhibition of many unique magazines, lectures by renowned magazine makers, inspiration, parties and networking. Facing Pages shows how the independent magazine has grown into a new phenomenon within our visual culture, and why these magazines can be seen as pioneers in the digital age.
The independent magazine is flourishing worldwide like never before. More and more designers, writers and artists work on their own magazines, which appear either in print or virtually. This is because technically, it has become much easier to produce a magazine and via Internet they can find a loyal readership in no time. Through their own magazines, makers are able to share their work and that of kindred spirits and reach a large group of readers worldwide without compromising to traditional ways of publishing. It makes them less dependent on traditional gatekeepers like the curator, the editor, the advertiser or the publisher, who used to control access to the public.
These magazines, like Ein Magazin Über Orte, Mono.Kultur and Komfort Mag, have a much closer relationship with their readership than traditional media. They are at the centre of visual culture instead of above it. The editors of these magazines are writers or graphic designers themselves. It is a form of crowd sourcing that is a vital influence on contemporary visual culture.
The beating heart of the festival is a two-day symposium with magazine presentations and lectures about the future of print media. With (among others): Charlotte Cheetham (manystuff.org), Simon Esterson (Eye Magazine) and Paul Willoughby & Matt Bochenski (Little White Lies)
There is also a big crowd sourced exhibition that doesn’t just revolve around the magazines but also focuses on the world of the magazine makers, that lies behind them.