Introducing "The Posttraumatic" Non-Newspaper
We love it when "good people do good things together" and such a phrase certainly applies to a newly launched publication—The Posttraumatic. Advertised as a "non-newspaper created by creatives and artists" there isn't much that we don't love about this concept - from it being a trilingual publication, over the way it's challenging how we consume information, all the way to it being in an actual, old-fashioned newspaper format. In 2021!
The recent months, or even years, have shown us how fragile our common sense and rationalization process is and this publication takes this fault to the extreme by using it as a fertile soil to play with paradoxes, absurdity, and generally challenge the readers. A concert that can only be heard by scanning the QR code; a golden asteroid that is about to hit the earth; a political action that denounces the precarious work situation of seasonal workers in Spain; the Congress of Deputies that becomes the "Congress of the Imputed" after the imprisonment of the entire political class, are some of the articles that you will find in the first issue of The Posttraumatic, edited by our friend Octavi Serra, fittingly entitled Inhale, Exhale. As a collection of "small artistic pieces with the appearance of articles" by 39 international artists from different visual arts, the inaugural issue is a result of their (rightful) suspicion of the traditional communication media and the ways of consuming information.
To finance the first issue, The Posttraumatic has started a crowdfunding campaign with Verkami, with the aim of covering the costs of printing, distribution, and labor, both for the guest artists and the editorial team. This campaign will feature rewards made by some of the artists participating in the first edition, and the full lineup includes Escif, Ampparito, Aïda Gómez, Jofre Oliveras, Michael Beitz, Dos Jotas, Biancoshock, Max Siedentopf, Flavita Banana, Jan Vormann, Igor Ponosov, Bas Van Wieringen, Helen Bur, Gigi Ei, Vlady, Val Rovatti, Octavi Serra, Nicolás Romero, Enrique Muda, Neus Masdeu, Nacho García, Miss Printed, Milu Correch, Marta Go Sa, Mateu Targa, Manel Boixadera, Luce, Marta Aguilar, Joan Manel, Alvaro Carmona, Ana Vilamu, Sara Azidane, Pau García, María Cerdán, Will Bonet, Ane Guerra, Dani Pearson, Valentina and the Electric Post, and Jaume Molera. —Sasha Bogojev