Issue One Beijing
Since we initiated the Concrete Flux project three months ago, we have garnered unexpected levels of interest. We received many fantastic and varied submissions for the first issue and have received much support and enthusiasm for our Beijing Design Week Project, Audio Archaeology. So, firstly, we would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has been involved, helped us out and offered us support and encouragement.
The diversity of the submissions we received should be apparent to the exploratory reader of this online Issue 1. From analysis to satire, video to poetry, the first issue does, as we had hoped, encompass a very broad range of media and perspectives on the urban spaces of Beijing.
One aspect which has changed from our original intentions is that Concrete Flux will now be an online journal, spread across a number of interlinking web pages. “The .pdf is dead” an anonymous author on a generic, nondescript blog wrote. Given our plans to be able to host videos and sound and our desire to curate the journal as an experience, rather than just an e-book to be flicked through, we agreed.
The online format also enables us to echo and amplify the principle theme to emerge from all of the submission; that of exploration. The journal is intended to be read in no specific order. The contents collage does not correspond to page numbers or media or subject groupings. Hyperlinked excerpts of images and text offer only a glimpse of where a click will lead, and a compass image at the start of each piece will provide the option to explore up, down, right, left—or north, south, east, west, if such geographical concepts can be applied to a website and a publication. There is also the option to read the journal in a more traditional manner, from cover to cover, and the texts, images, sounds and videos have been curated so as to provide what we regard as a cohesive flow between pieces. Reading the journal in this manner, however, misses out on the exploratory and journeying experience which almost all of the submissions make reference to.
Without any further ado, please go ahead and explore the varied works presented here, in Issue 1 of Concrete Flux.