The title is a pun on Foucaultian themes. The subject matter is the counter-factual, the art of frustration, failure, and abjection. Digital collages deface and distort recent popular buildings. Nasty photographs show well-known artists and journalists in unflattering circumstances. Prose pieces explore unbuilt architecture of the past as though it had been constructed, discussing its impact on a fictional environment and its influence on fictional architects. Inflammatory statements are deliberately misattributed to prominent figures in publishing and fashion. One section is devoted to an article, book, image or idea that is deemed the least tasteful by the editorial staff. All other articles are selected entirely at random.
A semi-annual catalogue of every square foot of unclaimed real estate in the world. Subjects range from the Kalahari Desert to the rear office of a surgical supply distributor in Gowanus. The politics are avowedly libertarian: no square of sidewalk or hectare of tundra is too mean or remote for consideration, and no mention is made of whether the plots are available for sale or not; instead, readers are encouraged to lay claim to as much vacant space as they possibly can, and to furnish detailed accounts of whatever unoccupied territory they happen to observe in the hopes that others will follow suit. The masthead alone is some 4,000 pages long.
“Those who wish to see images in these pages will see only ghosts, those who wish to see ghosts in these pages will see only reason, those who wish to see reason inthese pages will see only terrain, those who wish to see terrain in these pages will see only pages, those who wish to see pages in these pages will see a glittering polyhedron in the life of the Republic!”
“The Magazine That’s Really About Isabelle.” Articles detail the social dynamics of Isabelle’s high school, the early marital history of Isabelle’s parents, and her changing attitudes on food, sex, and movies. Columns contributed by friends and colleagues explore their real feelings about Isabelle. National politics are covered from an Isabelle-perspective. Reports on current events describe where Isabelle was when they happened, and are accompanied by full-page color photo spreads of what she was doing at the time. Editorial: “What Is Isabelle Thinking Right Now?”
Art and literature at the crossroads of espionage, counterespionage, and intelligence analysis. The emphasis is placed on graphs, probabilities, network theory, and forecasting. Strategies for the destruction of undesirable artistic trends via misinformation, sabotage, blackmail, and vandalism. The potential of gambling pools to predict future developments in poetry and music. Our roving reporter surreptitiously records the private conversations of the best poets and novelists, which are printed unexpurgated and without permission. No photographs.
From the editors of Isabelle: “A Publication for the You-Enthusiast.”
Motto: "C'est à l'amour de mon art que je dois mon inspiration." —E.-L. Boullée. The photographs are of household items, bare rooms, familiar faces from our youth.The accompanying captions are written in a dispassionate, not to say a disembodied mode. Each Jack-o-Latern is accompanied by an object—a pack of cigarettes, a woodcut, a dog collar, a backdated restaurant guide acquired at a second-hand bookstore. The text comprises lengthy but banal and uninformative quotes from the likes of Giancarlo de Carlo, Rudolf Steiner, Gilles Clément, Zero Mostel, and Robert F. Kennedy. Nothing of an overtly literary or artistic import is included; the theme is to be adduced by the reader; the effect is utopian.
Volume 1, Issue 1Contemporary Feature: Review of Gabellini-Shepherd Associates’ elliptical, cupola- like renovation for Rockefeller Center’s observation deck.
Roofscape: Cupolas of Vienna.
Historical Feature: The cracking of Soufflot's cupola at the Cathedrale Ste-Genevieve,
Photo Essay: Cupolas, cupolas, cupolas.