第一期 北京

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.

自从“流泥计划”于三月前开启之后,我们收到了很多意想不到且层次丰富的关注,收获了大量立意新颖、风格迥异的投稿,我们参与北京设计周的计划“声音考古学”亦得到大家的热情支持。 因此首先我想感谢所有《流泥》的参与者与对我们的工作施以援手、给予鼓励的人们。

稿件的多样性对任何细心且热忱的读者来说都是显而易见的。从对讽刺的分析到录像与诗歌,《流泥》的第一期横跨了众多观察北京城市空间的媒介与视角。

 

 有一点需要指出的是《流泥》以后将继续以在线刊物的形式存在,而不是我们最初设想的PDF格式。“.PDF已死。”一位不显山露水的博主如是说。鉴于我们希望在《流泥》中兼容文字、图像、视频与声音的诉求与重构阅读体验、在表现形式上与传统E图书划清界限的目的,我们最终选择让步。

 

在线格式也让我们能在所有稿件中点明并放大本期《流泥》的中心主旨:探索。文章没有特定的阅读顺序。拼贴画式的内容呈现既不与页数呼应,也与基于媒介或主题的分类无关。超链接图像片段与文字节选在点击后会将读者引向主体内容,一个对应北京纵横轴的指南针界面随即浮现,让人们能随意探索,无论上下左右、东西南北,这些地理概念在网站与出版物上的应用也是我们关心的课题之一。当然读者亦可采用从头到尾的传统方式阅读,因为文本、图像、声音与视频共同形成了一个连贯的流动,但如此一来就容易错过所有文章中共同隐射的主题,即探索与在路上的体验。

 

介绍到此为止,现在就请大家踏上探索之旅,打开《流泥》第一期吧!

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.

 

 

Credits

concreteflux.com