N° 12 – The Log


MacGuffin Nº12 The Log takes a walk in the woods to explore the design and politics of timber. From the last Norwegian trunks that floated down the Glomma to the indigenous logs that help map the Amazon, and from Jamaican lacebark trees to online chatbots: meet the logs that function as totems, design tools, oracles, wormholes, comic figures, activist artworks, village idiots, prison cells, logbooks, nightmares and dreams. Featuring: James Beckett, Basje Boer, Doriana Falcón, Formafantasma, José Bessa Freire, Rudy Guedj, Eliot Haworth, Khaled Jarrar, Emily King, Kai Lobjakas, Jente Posthuma, Olga Prader, Ellef Prestsæter,  Lou-Lou van Staaveren, SulSolSal, Mirelle van Tulder, and many more.

The Baltic Way

In August 1989, around a million people from the Baltic states expressed their desire for independence by joining hands to create ‘The Baltic Way’, a 690 km human chain from Tallinn to Riga to Vilnius.

Of male

In the evening lull that fairy tales were fantasised to fill, Bediako Blacksmith delivered the same message to his son every night. “Kwame,” he’d rumble softly, “You must be by the window. Even on the day I die. Even on the day you bury me.”

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