Contemporary art criticism purveyors and fellow online publication, KAPSULA magazine is transitioning to a new publishing model come September that will condense their currently monthly issues to partnerships and special projects after three years of steady publishing.
Priding itself on experimental, contemporary focused art criticism, this non-profit describes itself as “dedicated to engaged and evaluative art writing. Entirely digital, the publication explores forms appropriate for web documents and aims to advance online art publishing”, an increasingly urgent cause.
The publication is bidding farewell to their past life and embarking on this new chapter by releasing a final issue, aptly titled “THE END”. As well, in a gesture emblematic of the new format in which KAPSULA will be operating, released a special publication with repeated collaborator York University’s Art History Student Association of York (AHGSAY). The resulting publication, “Navigating the Metamodern”, published papers and image-based works from the AHGSAY 2016 conference by the same name, and was released on June 17, 2016. This one-off publication will provide an extension of the topic of this years student symposium,which “…challenged the history and application of ‘metamodern’ as a term to define our present milieu. With focus on alternative modes of story-telling, new ecologies, post-photography, and affective engagement in community-based artworks, the conference proceedings in the special issue of KAPSULA negotiate how to define and engage with a historical present.”
It’s a bittersweet goodbye, but we look forward to the future release of more projects under KAPSULA’s new mandate of collaboration.