IN THE MIND’S INTERIM

Block-coloured and seemingly ominous illustrations by Marta Moya bring us unto a relatable universe of distractedness and the fidgety mind.

FEAR OF THE WILDERNESS WITHIN

Enjoy an exclusive SWARM Mag interview with Gosia Machon, the painter of brutally honest and bare watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings, coming to life on pure instinct and depicting landscapes as nature merged with our psyche.

BODY BATTLEGROUND

In a series of vibrant photographic prints and GIF files arranged in a collage fashion, artist Ewa Doroszenko draws attention to the thin line between using social media filters and other digital tweaks to our appearance as a form of entertainment, and (subconsciously) yielding to beauty standards feminine-presenting humans were socialized to value.

IT’S HIS NATURE

Andrej Dúbravský uses the unforgiving and irreversible alla prima technique on raw canvas to produce his works. Not only the medium he uses but also the objects and subjects of some of his paintings convey atmosphere clouded in smoke, mist, mystery and vague arousal.

THE OFFICE OF URBAN DREAMING

Scene: a flat. Setting: a pandemic lockdown. Cast: a group of friends, artists and flatmates. Time: timelesness. Enjoy an essay by Vít Jebavý outlining how one can push out routines assigned to various parts of our living premises.

“CONTEMPORARY BYZANTINE PAINTING”

Greek painter Fikos strives to resurrect, with his egg tempera pieces or acrylic murals, the dead tradition, philosophy and motifs of ancient Greek and Byzantine painting.

TABULA RASA, A CLEAN TABLETOP

“Tabula Rasa is faith. Tabula Rasa is.” TABULA RASA, an experimental theatrical troupe from Prague, breathes new life into scrap materials, old entities, thoughts hidden under the surface, and materials deemed useless and redundant.

EMMA’S BOOK OF COLOURS

An arachnologist turned full-time illustrator and teacher, Barcelona-based Emma Roulette guides us through her colour-by-the-numbers drawing style and ponders the meaning of borders and recent, newly-made rifts.

5295 CHARACTERS OF MYSELF, WITH COMMAS

“Written for Swarm Mag in a bus from Prague to Chlumec nad Cidlinou. It was hot, too hot, and the couple behind me kept kicking my seat.” In his essay, Ondřej Trhoň views the act of writing as a way of repurposing and reinventing oneself.

EXTENDED FOREST

Tekla Gedeon, a Budapest-based architect and speculative designer, presents “a parallel virtual world which performs environmental guardianship” where you can become an avatar forester and restore balance.

ADAPTUS X

Using utopist ideas of radical ecological activism, the Czech artistic group Duna has created a mysterious black box transplanting the DNA of species on the brink of extinction into human DNA, getting us more in touch with the non-human animal world.
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