The new * as a Journal is for readers of the world interested in modern culture. It is an exceptional space of cultural cooperation, where creators, curators and researchers from Lithuania and various foreign countries meet collectively to reflect on topical topics, and readers are invited to look at them from unexpected cultural perspectives.
The theme of the first issue is "forest", which was revealed by the composers - duo of architects and researchers Jurga Daubaraitė and Jonas Žukauskas. Together with 26 artists, curators and researchers from Estonia, Great Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Germany, they reflected on the topic of the forest. Thus, the magazine changed from * as a Journal to "Forest as a Journal" .
Jurga and Jonas invite the forest to be seen as a man-made space that inevitably depends on its actions: "It is no longer nature, but rather infrastructure, an environment of natural systems that is managed, operated and regulated by human interventions, technologies, industries, institutions and agencies." .
“In this issue, we analyze the practices and forces that shape and influence forest images and concepts. In the magazine, we ask how cultural practices expand the “optics” that help the public perceive the forest? ”Say the editors of the first issue, Jurga Daubaraitė and Jonas Žukauskas.
The theme of the forest is presented in the magazine from different perspectives by photographer, biologist Jochen Lempert, writer Jonas Žakaitis and designers, architects and founders of the cultural sauna Nene Tsuboi and Tuomas Toivonen, curator, writer and researcher Sofia Lemos, who writes about artists Lina Lapelyt The work of Mantas Petraitis. Jurga Daubaraitė and Jonas Žakaitis talk about the most important evaluation of British artists - the Turner Award in 2021. the rented duo of architects and artists Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe).
Also in the issue are Gabrielė Grigorjeva, a researcher in visual arts, architecture and environmental policy, Jonathan Lovekin and David Grandorge, photographers, Signe Pelne, an architect and researcher, and Mindaugas Survila, a biologist, and Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, a writer, art historian, artist and architect Aistė Ambrazevičiūtė writing about the work of the artist Eglė Budvytytė, Laura Garbštienė and nature researcher Onutė Grigaitė are the curators of the issue. Photographer Rasa Juškevičiūtė and cultural journalist Kotryna Lingienė visited the studio and archive of furniture designer Jonas Pruolenis. The author Monika Janulevičiūtė and the curator, Eglija Inzule, the head of the NDA Art Colony at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, also joined the authors of the issue. Curator Virginija Januškevičiūtė also presented the photographer Algirdas Šeškų, who started painting again.
The design of the room, reflecting the theme of the forest, was created by graphic designer Gailė Pranckūnaitė.
The Journal is published twice a year .
26.5 × 21 cm, Softcover, 2021, 9772783568800