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Dokument: A magazine

Dokument (“Document”) is a magazine whose one central concept is that any material made or changed with the magazine in mind is automatically disqualified from appearing in it. It consists of nothing but unaltered, uncommented 1:1 reproductions of found “documents” – complaints, postcards, invitations, instruction manuals, fan letters, flyers, travel documents, contracts, notes, diplomas, and more.

The idea, of course, is simple: The most mundane and ephemeral, what is often considered worthless and will normally disappear quickly, allow strange and fascinating glimpses into other people’s lives. These fragments are also often wonderfully honest – they are without the layer of comment and speculation that often, we think, diminishes or destroys the pleasure of reading anything. Spare the reader some dimwit’s hurried opinions on what something or other might mean – just give him or her the source material, and shut up.

Dokument #1 was published 1996, and we can honestly say that we knew of nobody else doing this when we started. But an idea like this cannot have one single genesis. We’d like to recommend The Smoking Gun (since 1997) and Found Magazine (founded in 2000) – who are both great in their own way. As great as a couple of lousy copycats can be.

Published & collected by us. Each copy hand bound in (reused) cardboard, making each copy unique and a document in itself.

Awards: Årets Kulturtidsskrift (Danish Cultural Periodical of The Year), 2000.

Published by Toxic Slime International, 1996 – 2000. Edited by Andreas Kjærgaard (#3 with guest editors Joachim von Westen, Morten Berg, and Thomas Fleron). Availability: All issues sold out.

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