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Taking cue from Roger Caillois’ The Writing of Stones, Issue 1 of Flint will explore the rock as a medium for art, mysticism, place, and history. Rock is a natural archive, it records history as layers of sediment, and as a sculpted form. The oldest existing representations of visual symbolism and material technology are found in the form of carved stone that date to 250,000 BCE. They preserve time, space, and artifacts in the same way the internet accumulates information – always collecting and storing without editing itself. Rocks compact history, yet still maintain a beautiful and unique form.
Each issue of Flint Magazine aims to collect and disseminate writing, film, audio, and other documents with the themes and design determined by its editors. Issue 1 of Flint will not only collect works about rocks, but also explore rocks’ technological and tangible/tactile qualities in its presentation. Publishing – in both the scholarly and art world – has been struggling to marry print and multimedia forms. By combining print and digital/web-based content, Flint Magazine is an opportunity to explore this territory and the possibilities of a multimedia magazine today.