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Enter 5 Preview

written by Slávka Kittová 2013-01-22


Enter 5 Preview

The editors open the fifth issue of Enter with a poem-editorial from the young Bulgarian poet and scenario writer, Ivan Landzhev. They were impressed by the provocative idea which winds through the poem – how a city appears with all its afflictions – lovely and inspirational. The privacy of poetry is entered in an interview with the poet and publisher, Peter Milèák, who reveals that this year his third collection of poetry will appear under the playful title Brum. But his poems in Enter come from a different cycle which, on the evidence, will be the foundation for a fourth collection.

The editors have noticed that the short stories in Enter have aroused great interest. So they continue the tradition with a selection from the most interesting of the world and Slovak short fiction writers. The first to introduce himself is Laurence Klinger, a Brazilian poet and short-story writer with a dramatic text on the possibilities and limits of human speech, Nothing and Still More. Certainly Enter has hit the bull’s eye with An Apparition written by the Quebec writer, Sylvain Trudel. The brilliance of style, a piling on of detail in a Nabokovian manner to a point where he is capable of delivering a shock to our attention guarantee that when we have finished reading we’ll have the desire to do something with our lives. The magazine also continues to launch new talents in Slovak writing and it is represented in the fifth issue with Ivana Gibova’s story A Bath. Gibova’s story continues the substantial line of absurd, playful writing with inclinations towards irony and a twist in the tail indicating that in Gibova there is successor to the tradition established by Mitana and Balla. You can relive your childhood with two short stories of Mr Owl written by the American short story writer Arnold Lobel, familiar to Slovak readers especially for his series of tales on the frogs Kvak and Ⱦup. Something tells us that Mr Owl isn’t just for children, that behind the simple parable is more, a whole lot more …
The genre of the aesthetic-scholarly essay is represented in Enter 5 by Richard Tarnas with a reflective essay on the human spirit and its relationship to nothing nothing less than the cosmos. The essay, The Origin of the Modern I and the Enchantment of the World, explains how the contemporary objectified perception of the world originated and how human awareness was formed in sharp contrast to everything that surrounds.
And what surrounds the minimalist illustrator Max Estes? His comic book, Den Krokete Kniv, confirms the universality of human bloodthirstiness and the fatality of autosuggestion during long Scandinavian night. If you like brevity and action with an (un)expected ending then you’ll go for this. In an actual interview with Max we discover that he is a healthy soul with a diagnosed weakness for the Norwegian landscape.
The graphic artist, illustrator and animator, Ján Šrámek aka VJ Kolouch, is an extraordinary example of a contemporary Czech artist who in a wide artistic snapshot is possessed by his art. It seems that the manner of work commands careful attention. On the pages of Enter 5 a selection of his newest vector graphics is presented which originate from the artist’s long addiction to VJing. In a frank interview with the London-based creative duo, Alasdair Brotherston & Jock Mooney, besides touching on the issue of idiocy we learn about the actual joys of an animator and film-maker’s life. Jock expresses himself as a sober artist-philosopher and at last declares his position towards Mariah Carey. Alasdair claims that he is a genius.
The well-known architect, Brit Andresen, clarifies the concept of the Norwegian house in her slightly technical statement which in juxtaposition to the recent national tragedy carried out by a crazed misanthrope appears minimally astonishing: the mental reconstruction on a Norwegian national symbol Høyblokken in the investigative text of Thomas Thiis-Venesen and Hanne B.K. Mørk reveals the face of this “exotic’ northern country, which today rediscovers its identity.
Enter 5 for the first time brings and straightaway attacks(!) the view of our architectonic scene. ESA (Eastside Architecture) is a successful project representing the best of what has been built in Slovakia in recent years. The exterior exhibition ESA definitively teaches us how to ignore our ignorance about the environment in which we live, move about and exist.
In “five” the Canadian music experimenter Gordon Monahan, famous for his sound surrounds in site-specific style, allows to enter his miraculous world of sound, which is not an illusion. For example, how does an apple sound? The correct answer: it sounds.
Juraj Vajo, a well-known Slovak composer, opens a door for us into a world which is not for strongly materialistically directed characters. Finally the fifthe issue introduces a promising Slovak artist, Juliána Chomová, and her comedy-horror comic micro-tale, A Cat in a Bag.
Richard Kitta and Ján Gavura
translated by James Sutherland-Smith

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