Welcome; this is an initiation of a conversation. Those who created Gestalt Zine would like to entreat you into a space of expression, communication and interaction with artists and people expressing themselves through art. The creators: James Rhodes and Andrew Tarry from Newcastle Australia, a photographer and writer respectively, came together with the desire that it is necessary for emerging and already established photographers and writers to have a space and platform in which they can pursue their interests and passions in new ways. This attempt, fired by the acknowledgement that so many forms and mediums of art are inhibited or become disillusioned, means to strike out into the world a new approach of thinking, a new way of seeing and perceiving the places we inhabit or the situations and circumstances that we find ourselves in. Gestalt Zine is this attempt. In fact, it is more than an attempt. It is the amalgamation of several varying needs that currently exist in the world to understand and define, to recognize and appreciate contemporary modes of living and existence. One may say that this zine is not just a zine, but a window of kinds, a brief interlude from one way of being to see into other ways of being. Gestalt, derivative of Gestalt psychology whose axiom the whole is different from the sum of its parts is often misinterpreted as being greater than the sum of its parts, was chosen and appropriated by the creators to represent and express this axiom through the collaboration of photography and writing.
The Australian Ugliness, Volume.1 of Gestalt Zine focuses on the manifestation of incoherence and lack of artistic continuity in Australian residential architecture. The zine examines the lack of identity that exists in residential housing in Australia due to the multitude of influences and styles that have occurred over time. The zine also reflects on how the buildings and spaces we inhabit are affectual and how the perception of our surroundings is determined or disposed towards certain pathways of thinking or acting and speaking. Volume. 1 also scrutinizes how the individual, arbitrary, components of a society and community may come to be, or how these components occur through function, expression, need and wants, whether on behalf of an individual or a community or society.
Gestalt zine looks at the value of taking things in isolation, or rather, separating their individual part from the whole that provides their context. It looks at the functions of these individual parts, their origin and evolution. The potential circumstance that they may come to be in now, or in the future, if at all the future is something in which they will be a part of. Gestalt means to establish a greater congruency between artists, writers and photographers; opening new avenues of expression and impression, of interacting. Encouraging writers and photographers to delve into topics or issues that interest them or that causes within them a burning passion to speak about, act upon, reach out to others and through these connections broaden their understanding and apperception of the world(s) that exists around them and their position within those worlds. Gestalt Zine also encourages its contributors and viewers to put forward their different viewpoints, especially as the co-operation of different viewpoints can create a unique and different whole.
As part of this zine, in volume. 1 and potentially further volumes, greater, broader philosophical questions are asked in the hope that by asking these questions we may come to have more refined, nuanced ideas about our lives and the things that affect them.
Such queries may include but are not limited to:
In a time of rapid change, how does the world and its innumerable parts affect us?
How is it that a world entrapped by large moving mechanisms and forces can be broken down, understood and appreciated? Since individual human beings often become lost in collections or groups, how does separation and detachment change and influence the individual? Further, how does an individual relate, occupy and function in a world that is increasingly perceived as one complete entity?
With so many external pressures attempting to influence perception, how do we achieve or acknowledge multiple and varied interpretations? With so much now dependent on the end of something and not the (progressive) individual parts how does instant gratification diminish the desire to understand how something comes to be?
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