Text by Richard Baird.
Freigeist was a popular concept within 18th Century German literature and journalism. It was used to describe those who believed that thinking should not be constrained by certain fundamental and non-contestable values, traditional ideas and established channels of distribution. The concept of the “free-spirit” and of free-thinking is also a recurring theme within Nietzsche’s own philosophy. Although, at first glance, the Freigeist concept may appear as lacking complexity, Nietzsche found a philosophical significance within it. To him, it was more than an invocation towards individuality and the subversion of expectation but the search for and liberation of a spirit. In this second issue of Freigeist, conceptualised, designed and edited by Richard Baird and published by BP&O, the search for that spirit continues in the form of a Zoom call turned transcript.
Opinion by Richard Baird
Pentagram partner Astrid Stavro and project team Jake Gilbert and Susanna Foppoli have recently completed work on A Work in Progress: A Journal, a book from the acclaimed Danish chef René Redzepi, published by Phaidon.
Through Noma, a two-Michelin star restaurant that reimagined Nordic cuisine, René Redzepi has built a formidable reputation for innovation and inventiveness. His viewpoint and approach emerge throughout this new publication by way of a first-person narrative.
Part cookbook but largely a journal that documents a year in the life of Redzepi and his team, the writing is a “candid and witty story about creativity and inspiration”. This follows the process of discovery, creation and refinement, and profiles the struggle, determination and teamwork required to embrace and make the most of the ingredients of each new season. As you would expect from a journal this is delivered alongside the day to day, a transcript of a TedX talk, lists of work delegation, talk of dreams, moments of frustration and visceral scene setting.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Migrant Journal is a six-part exploration of migration in all its forms. It covers, as you might expect, the current and pressing political and socio-cultural implications of the mass migration of people, yet also delves deeper into the more abstract movement of ideas, power and information around the globe. Migrant Journal, in its breadth but a continuity of theme, intends to reclaim the word migration, to break free from prejudice and cliché.
This is a hands-on review of Migrant Journal No.5 its themes and how these manifest themselves visually and materially. This issue, Micro Odysseys, explores microscopic entanglements, invisible movements, tiny particles, imperceptible matter and antimatter. For thoughts on Migrant Journal as a total project, check out BP&O’s review here.
Migrant Journal began as a Kickstarter project and is edited by Justinien Tribillon, Michaela Büsse and Dámaso Randulfe, co-edited and designed by Isabel Seiffert and Christoph Miler of Offshore Studio.