Auscultatio, Gravitas, Communitas: to listen and to diagnose the sounds of the inner-workings of the body, to engage in conversation of substance and to do so in the spirit of unstructured community. Shoppinghour Magazine collects words, images, thoughts and experiences that locate and unconceal the subtle nuances of contemporary life. Its editors believe that heartfelt and meaningful conversation can help towards cultivating a gradual subversion of everyday norms and inspiring a more observant and active social, political and creative engagement. Eschewing sententious intellectual banter in favour of relevance and sincerity, a new critical optimism is sought in response to today’s culture mired by the nihilist vestiges of postmodernity. In its form, Shoppinghour Magazine is a non-disposable tangible experience intended to be picked up and held, examined, read carefully, shared, referenced and discussed. It is neither a magazine nor a book, neither an object nor an idea; instead, it is a marriage of these, intended to take life in the hands and mind of the reader.
Shoppinghour Magazine was founded in 2008 in South East London. It was stocked internationally at selected stores and galleries, including Tate Modern, ICA, MoMA PS1, Artwords, Walther Koenig Books, Analogue, Aye-Aye Books, Do you read me!?, Palais de Tokyo, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Athenaem Boekhandel and many more. Launch events were organised at Candid Arts Centre, Café OTO, X Marks the Bökship, Ti Pi Tin, Platform Netil House and Super Salon in Warsaw. The project concluded in 2014.
“Shoppinghour Magazine is a combination of critical theory, philosophy, poetry and art. A really interesting and rich selection of photographers feature as does illustration but it’s the writing (and the contemporary design) that talks loudest. Though “tackling” seems a heavy handed word when you consider how deftly they handle social and political issues. Particularly enjoying the bold statement chapters that seem appropriate for the occasionally political and always opinionated editorial that they proceed.” Itsnicethat
“Having worked in the global media and arts industry for the last fifteen years I have seen no other youth publication that tackles social and philosophical issues in such an in depth contemporary and relevant way. The Directors are obviously very passionate about discussion and design which are key elements in consumer engagement. Don’t Panic have supported their magazine from the outset and have seen it grow from stapled copied paper to a glossy mini magazine in the space of a year.” Nick Agha, Director of Don’t Panic
“The efforts of such enthusiastic and capable individuals are immensely valuable and should not go unsupported. Shoppinghour has the potential to flourish and establish itself as a creative and intellectual platform with a strong and fresh presence. The content is always engaging, the design is striking and accessible, and the motivation inspiring and hopeful.” Qalandar Bux Memon, Director of Naked Punch
Peter Eramian holds a BA in Fine Art and History of Art from Goldsmiths College and an MA in Philosophy from Birkbeck. In 2008 he founded Shoppinghour Magazine with Yasushi Tanaka-Gutiez in London and in 2011 The Cyprus Dossier in Cyprus. In 2014 he started Thkio Ppalies artist-led project space in Cyprus. www.petereramian.com
Yasushi Tanaka-Gútiez holds a BA in Sociology from Goldsmiths College and an MA in Sociology from Yale University. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the Centre for Cultural Sociology at Yale where his interests include popular culture, democracy, social movements and riots. In 2008 he founded Shoppinghour Magazine with Peter Eramian. He is also involved in filmmaking and is currently writing a tv series.
THINK WORK OBSERVE
TWO is a graphic design practice born in 2011, based in Italy and run by Piero Di Biase and Alberto Moreu. They work on commissioned projects in the commercial, cultural and editorial sector, with a strong focus on typography, including custom made typefaces. www.t-wo.it
Website development by MB/MH, composed of Max Herbst and Marcin Benedek. www.mbmh.pl
Ania Micińska, based in Warsaw, is an art historian and americanist, and an artist currently away from her practice. She has studied at Goldsmiths College, London, University of Warsaw and Humboldt University in Berlin. She first became being involved with Shoppinghour by submitting her collages to the magazine and attending the Evenings of Delight film event series, organized by Peter and Yasushi. Her recent research interests include circulations of culture and tactical media. comingsoverysoon.tumblr.com
Dora Meade is an editor, writer and activist currently engaged in projects and research concerning democratic decision making, financial inclusion and cooperative housing.
Mika Hayashi Ebbesen
Mika is a London based artist, filmmaker and writer. She received her BA from Oberlin College and a MA in Aural & Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths University of London. She founded the collective Human Fiction Tartini and is currently exploring the possibilities and implications of sound through theory & composition. www.mikahayashiebbesen.com
Martyna Dakowicz is an artist, user experience strategist, and writer based in Montreal. She holds degrees in Visual Culture and Communication from the University of Toronto (Honours BA) and Multimedia from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (MA). Ardent about individual intensity of expression across disciplines, her work spans abstraction and multidimensional interaction with the aim of exploring a new authentic modernism. This approach is also applied to her music project Europe Blackout. www.martynadakowicz.com
Oliver Gordon is a freelance documentarian and writer who moves between Melbourne and London. He recently received a BA in Communication (Journalism) from RMIT University’s School of Media and Communication and has spent time studying at University of Westminster. He has a keen interest in critical theory and enjoys examining issues surrounding progress and sociological development. ogordon.tumblr.com
Alice graduated in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Design and Arts in Venice where she integrated theoretical-critical studies with technique workshops in visual communications and the arts. In 2007 she moved to Paris where she worked for three years in the visual department of the production company Les Télécréateurs. Since 2011 she has been working freelance in order to embrace many different projects, including film and photography. She is currently based in London where she works in music management and PR. www.alicerainis.com
Catherine Métayer received her MA in Publishing from University of the Arts London. Split between New York and Montreal, she works as an editor and writer, and takes on curatorial and bookmaking projects in her spare time. With a fondness for the medium of print, she will be co-curating the next edition of Mag Dossier in Montreal in 2014. cargocollective.com/catherinemetayercv
Gabriel Finotti is a Brazilian designer who graduated in Architecture and Urbanism in 2011 in Sao Paulo. He is the founder of the multidisciplinary bureau Sometimes Always and has been working on a variety of cultural, arts and fashion projects across different medias. Gabriel is now based in London where he is finishing his MA in Publishing at London College of Communication.
Mairi Hare was born and raised on the island of Jersey, migrating to London in 2008 to study bespoke tailoring. Deciding she missed academic study, she embarked on a master’s degree in the history and culture of fashion, writing her thesis on the fashion industry’s response to the AIDS crisis. She continues to live, work, and write in London.