Friday, February 5, 2016


Peer is a brand new magazine made in the Red Light District of Amsterdam that focuses on the synthesis of the image and word. Filled with theoretical essays, reflections of artist’s practices, short stories and the documentation on the processes of creating art and writing, Peer is a journal that aims to translate to paper that which moves an artist or a writer to create work. 

With a public location in the Red Light District itself, where Peer hosts artists-in-residences, exhibits, lectures and launches, serves Amsterdam-roasted coffee and homemade cake and sells a select amount of small publications, the content of its magazine consists of work by artists who’ve worked at Peer as well as many others. With Peer’s first publication, paper matters issue 1, they invite you to read all about what’s happened in the past months, and to pop over and join them for a cup of coffee whilst enjoying a gander into the creation of art, literature and prose.

Peer’s open workspace and magazine attempt to show creation from A to Z, as well as the finished products that come from creating. With an insert written by some of their artists-in-residence (a screenplay that might be too hot to handle – it’s very saucy indeed) and another 84 pages of research and experiment printed on recycled paper, Peer issue 1 is a sit-down magazine that lets you into the world of their makers.  

The first issue of Peer is inspired by The Chelsea Hotel in New York and it’s ideology: to live together in close harmony with an aim for creativity at its core. Its design being inspired by a French philosopher and its grandeur having attracted many great names like Patti Smith, Jack Kerouac and Arthur Miller, The Chelsea stands erect as the epitome of a public workspace that bears the hidden secrets of how artists create and writers write. Pedestals and mysteries wiped off, any notion of the white cube gallery forgotten, rebellious Peer aims to undress art’s capital A and to dust off literature’s status.


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