Picnic Magazine #5 —

Picnic’s entirely visual approach is something that is not easy to react to in words. Or rather, words can perform a series of functions – such as description or précis- that almost intrinsically fall away when responding to what is effectively a series of curated images. In such cases, words run the risk of being forced into the role of a critique or a qualitative response. And therein lies the problem. For, short of casting oneself in the role of an arbiter, how can one frame a response to an entirely visual magazine that is fair or balanced? Our responses to the visual, after all, are far more personal – or at least more nebulous- than to the hard-wired reactions that Chomsky suggests we have to language. 
Without the words to lay the trail our responses may even become more pure. For example, we might react to the beauty of Ryan McGinley’s images because of what they are rather than because we associate them with a hip, cool artist. And in this sense, the fifth issue of Picnic creates another one of its visual journeys to which we must respond in our own way. Modernism, Utopia, alternative realities, the desert, water, walking on air: it’s all in this issue. But exactly what we will each make of it intellectually, emotionally or otherwise must remain a personal affair

    Picnic Magazine #5 –
    January 2011 194 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    Dani Karavan Robert Doisneau Ryan Mcginley Philippe Halsman James Burke Meir Kordevani Robin Moore Paul Andreu Caroling Geary Jens Ullrich Keizo Kitajima Florian Wojnar and Nikolai Von Rosen Jorge Mulder Soren Solkaer Starbird Claudia Fahrenkemper Auguste Leon
    Editors and Designers –
    Adi Englman, Meir Kordevani, Toony Navok
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Our Take —

Picnic is an Israeli magazine published in English and Hebrew (though this might be irrelevant since it is almost entirely image-based) that covers more or less anything that takes its fancy from art and fashion to popular culture. Describing itself as “a visual guide to your new reality”, it is fundamentally a collated collection of images printed in a chunky glossy format; imagery turned into collectible object. This inevitably raises the question of just exactly how much of a guide it can be and, indeed, to whose reality it refers. With the feeling of an art catalogue (without any essays or curators’ texts), exactly what one feels about Picnic is largely going to depend on how much one responds to the images, their content and whether one comes to the conclusion that there is, in fact, any discernible curatorial practice (editorial practice seems somehow inappropriate) at work in how it is assembled.
Ultimately, this is a title that will sink or swim on the subjective response of its audience and whether they connect with its tenets. The amorphous body of theory that might loosely called Postmodernism left popular culture with the idea of the death of the author and the birth of the reader. So, if it’s all about the death of the author, how exactly does one author a cavalcade of imagery? One guesses that only you, dear reader, will decide.

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