KONT Magazine | A Tip from Rik
This time Rik doesn't tip a location to wander to. No, this week he shares a kind of nomadic tip, one you can take anywhere. To enjoy at home, in the park, or with a cup of coffee on the terrace, KONT Magazine is a great read for lovers of art, design, literature, dance, and everything in between. Like to read along?
Griet Meschaert, the founder of KONT, settled down in Eindhoven with the idea of a multidisciplinary magazine after working as editor-in-chief in Brussels and studying at the art academy in Den Bosch. The magazine in question is about why we do the things we do and make the things we make. That would work out just fine, with Eindhoven as a creative hub for creators. This former working-class city likes to joke around. That's why the somewhat conspicuous name could take root in this city. But why exactly the name 'KONT' (butt)? For the simple reason, nobody can see their own butt. An 'everything is perception' kind of thing.
Back to the metaphor. In this case, a butt is exchangeable for the work of the maker. It’s something you can be very insecure about: you're never entirely sure how others will like it, but sometimes you just have to embrace it. KONT is therefore never entirely finished and always searching for new approaches and thoughts. It's all about interpersonal enrichment and changing it up. That expresses itself at KONT internally by alternating the co-editor in chief every year. For the outside world, they come out with an annual physical magazine and of course their inspiring slow dates.
The launch date
During these slow dates, also known as blind dates, creators from all kinds of disciplines go on dates with each other for at least half an hour. With an exciting match as a possible result. The online version of a slow date is the ZINE. Regularly, makers are matched by post and work together on an e-zine. Do you also want to go on a date as well? KONT 04 will be launched on 20 September at Inbo Architects, in the presence of the participants. You'll walk the (indoor) route between 14:00 and 17:00 and will pass by all ten teams. Would you prefer to enjoy the latest issue with the subject ‘The City as a baby’? Then get it at one of your favorite stores: Van Piere, Motta Artbooks, and Vintage Vêtements!
Rik studied architecture and is a city guide in Eindhoven. Every two weeks he shares a tip.