WHAT IS IT?
Tinted Window is a journal that publishes compendiums of texts and images that focus on one person, place or object.
As writers and editors, Alex and I set out to produce a serial publication that could relish in the details of its subject, in a moment where detail is very often sold short in favour of opinion and newsbites.
Thematically, our scope is wide, but Tinted Window’s defining feature is its commitment to exploding its subject; to seeing it from multiple angles. To these ends, we want to go further than most publishers to bring together new responses from leading writers, and to source new translations into the English language.
- Oscar Gaynor, Editor
No.1: HERVÉ GUIBERT
This issue focuses on the life and work of the writer, filmmaker and photographer Hervé Guibert. In 1991, Guibert died at the age of 36 from AIDS. Perhaps characterised as a writer’s writer, the issue opens his oeuvre to a general audience. In the posthumously published book, The Man in the Red Hat, Guibert details the progression of his illness, and this is the focus of a new short story by writer, poet, and frieze editor Andrew Durbin, who takes a journey to Patmos, Greece echoing one of the author’s last.
Artforum contributing editor Bruce Hainley examines Guibert’s film La pudeur ou l’impudeur, also released months after his death, which recorded his everyday life and eventual deterioration.
Regarding his legacy as a photographer, writer John Douglas Millar pays attention to the portrait Guibert made of his close friend, the philosopher Michel Foucault. Accompanying the essay are a collection of Guibert sensuous and evocative black and white photographs.
In addition to these new responses, for the first time in English we are publishing a translation by Jeffrey Zuckerman of Guibert’s short story Flash Paper, an autofictional story of companionship and intimacy, from his 1988 collection Mauve le Vierge. Alongside are new drawings by the artist Louis Fratino, responding to the story.
Looking at his life from one more remove, we publish a series of ‘reminiscences’ made by Guibert's friends, fellow authors, lovers, publishers and associates, collected by author Brigitte Ollier (also for the first time in English). This includes illuminating contributions from his wife Christine Guibert, author Marie Darrieussecq, photographer Hans-Georg Berger and writer and publisher Régine Deforge.
The Editors provide a brief introduction and timeline to the life and work of Guibert.
WHO IS BEHIND TINTED WINDOW?
Alex Bennett is a writer whose work has been published by Cura, Map, Novembre, and Pin-Up among others; he is also a columnist for Flash Art International. Oscar Gaynor is a writer, editor and runs a public art project in Croydon, commissioning many artists each year to produce bold new work. They both graduated from the Critical Writing Masters programme at the Royal College of Art, where they were co-editors of the book Honey, I'm Home, a collection of essays on property, ownership and access.
Since beginning to think about making a journal we knew that we wanted to create a curious object, something collectable, but also eminently readable and a delight to carry and hold. It has a unique, specially designed plastic wallet, and will be approximately 100 pages and measuring 20cm by 26cm.
Tinted Window is designed by London-based design studio Regular Practice. They have created a new font for Tinted Window, based on research with the editors at the Bob Cobbing Family archive.
All of the content is in - but only with your kind support can we jump the last hurdle and print the journal. Your pledges will ensure that we can pay our designers, Regular Practice, for their original work, and cover the costs of printing and shipping. As well as this, with Tinted Window, we are hoping to produce a journal we would like to write for ourselves. That is, to produce an opportunity for writers to write about what they are passionate about, at length if necessary, and always to be paid for doing so. As such, with your contributions we will pay our contributors for their unique work.
We think that each subject we dedicate an issue to deserves wider recognition and have always kept the enthusiast and the general reader in mind. Your belief in the journal will mean that more underrepresented voices and stories can be heard.
Any additional money raised will go towards the commissioning of new, original work for the second issue, estimated to launch Spring 2019. No.2 will focus on concrete poetry made by women, and No.3 set its sights on the Chagos Islands.
Pledge £30 or more and receive a poster featuring Louis Fratino's artwork. A2 Art print on 170gsm G.F. Smith paper, twice-folded.
Pledge £100 or more and receive a high quality art print of one of three artworks created and kindly donated in response to the newly translated short story, Flash Paper. A3 Art print on 300gsm G.F. Smith paper. A unique opportunity to affordably own artwork by recognised contemporary artists!
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We will be celebrating the launch with an evening of readings in late September at Claire de Rouen books in London. For all of our backers, we will extend a personal invitation to join us there.
Will Hazell - Videography
Risks and challenges
As Editors, we have found an excellent working partnership that sticks to deadlines, and that above all has a great time producing it together. This foundation will ensure the launch of No.1 as well as the energy and excitement to move straight onto No.2.
As an independent publication, our biggest challenge will be in its distribution. For the No.1 we are approaching stockists individually, but with lots of advanced planning and many existing contacts we are well on the way to ensuring it is widely stocked across the U.K. as well as in select stores in Europe and the U.S.A. Your advance sales will go a long way to helping us.
With our very trusted designers, Kris and Tom, we have a great working relationship with our printers to ensure excellent quality and expedient delivery.
Keep track of our progress via www.tintedwindowmag.com and Instagram (@tinted__window).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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