Inspired by the city, independent magazine T-R-E-M-O-R-S focuses on intellectual imagination, and hopes to channel urban development through art, politics and poetry and to explore how creativity allows us to re-think the urban space. With the first issue based around the theme of Aftermath, described by Lawrence Lek as: “post-Utopian, post-Apocalyptic, as well as post-Revolutionary” Dazed chats to Editorial and Artistic Director Maksymilian Fus Mickiewicz about the ‘battleground’ that is urban space.
Dazed Digital: What is T-R-E-M-O-R-S?
Maksymilian Fus Mickiewicz: We are a white-cube gallery space in an A5 magazine format that invites architects, artists, and writers to explore how we relate to architecture and our environment.
DD: What entices you about architecture/urban space?
Maksymilian Fus Mickiewicz: Once you become immersed in architecture you realise you live in a battleground. In London there are architects from across the globe fighting to out do not only their contemporaries but also infamous architects of the past. Good architecture isn’t simply about bricks and mortar, but about creating systems to accommodate communities.
DD: What inspired you to ‘re-imagine cities’?
Maksymilian Fus Mickiewicz: It began when we spoke to Cameron Sinclair; the CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) of Architecture For Humanity, about his organisations call to the architects to re-design Guantanamo Bay, after Obama then promised it would be shut down. The US had gone back on its word but the designs didn’t necessarily have to be built; they could show the potential of a future site, and in doing so, destabilise the notion that it must forever remain a detention camp. We took a similar approach and set about to re-imagine the now derelict 2004 Athens Olympics Sports Complex. Architecture, art and literature can inspire us to re-think the cities we live in.
DD: What does the future have in store for T-R-E-M-O-R-S?
Maksymilian Fus Mickiewicz: Next issue we’re travelling to the Amazon basin with the question: to what extent is architecture ‘inescapable?’ Anyone who spent the night under the stars will tell you it’s an experience that changes your perception of interior and exterior and how we position ourselves in our environment. But before we book tickets to Machu Picchu, we’ve got a party to put on.