ELECTRA Magazine Issue 2 (Stupidity) is available now on loremnotipsum.com. Stupidity is the central theme in the second edition of Electra magazine. Social and political, collective and individual stupidity. The stupidity of the times, because – and quoting Flaubert – “there is stupidity in every era, but each era has its own kind of stupidity”.
This subject is approached in this edition by Yves Michaud, Philosophy professor and art critic, with an essay about the impact of mass and surplus of information; by American philosopher Avital Ronell, who analyses the phenomenon and concept of stupidity and the way it can be appropriated by philosophy and literature; by Italian artist Serena Giordano, who explores the importance of stupidity in art; and by Italian sociologist Alessandro Dal Lago, with the article “Idiocy, Identity and Migrations”; António Baião and António Pedro Marques, editors of the annual publication Bestiário, talk about the triumph of the narrative of stupidity in the digital public space.
ELECTRA Magazine is an international publication on contemporary culture that reflects on our world and our time, often looking at what is hidden or implied in them. It relies on collaborations from the most renowned authors based in various parts of the world, who bring their diverse experiences and cultural fields to each of the topics covered in the magazine with critical and creative insight. This magazine is meant to be read and seen, because it is as discerning with its images as it is with its words.
This second edition’s interview talks to Italian Salvatore Settis, art historian and archaeologist, known for his public speaking and essays about the way in which political and economic administration can threaten legacy. In this interview, Settis talks about these threats, about the pressure of tourism in historical cities and the architects’ role and responsibility in this matter. Considering the example of Airbnb, British architect and curator Jack Self addresses the relationship between public and private. Catalan author José Ángel Cilleruelo talks about his city and leaves us with this provocative question: what the hell do tourists come to see in Barcelona?
At a time of fierce debate about the potential reedition of the anti-Semite leaflets by French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline (from 1937 to 1941), this subject will also be addressed in Electra, with two experts presenting opposite views on these “infamous texts”: Pierre-André Taguieff, philosopher and political scientist, and Serge Klarsfeld, activist and “Nazi hunter”.
The second edition of Electra will also include a portfolio by American artist Dean Monogenis; Ted Bonin’s journal, a New York gallerist; and a profile on Nick Cave by Bernardo Futscher Pereira.
Details: ELECTRA Magazine Issue 2 (Stupidity)
181 pages, 27 x 20 cm