GEIST, LIEBE, FREIHEIT: Tissue Magazine on Why Sex Is Overrated and Being Nice Isn’t

 

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Photography by Sasha Kurmaz

“Sex is overrated. Money, too. Be nice,” is the message of Tissue magazine’s fourth issue, set to be released tonight at 032c Workshop in Berlin. The Hamburg-based publication, operated by Uwe Jens Bermeitinger and Melanie Jeske, celebrates creative behavior and ways of being together at the edge of fetish, fashion, and philosophy. “Sex has been very important to me for the past 35 years,” Bermeitinger tells us. “But I just came to the conclusion that it’s overrated. You can make a lot of stupid decision when it comes to sex. Tissue is about the human being and the body, and that is a larger experience than sex and money, which our culture is obsessed with.”

Somewhere between (and beyond) real sexed-up and artistic sex ed, Tissue features nude photography of mostly women—Bermeitinger’s previous publication was a fanzine called Nude Paper, a “dirtier” manual about being naked—and moody, no-fear artists’ contributions. The current issue includes an interview with Purple editor and photographer Olivier Zahm—“I don’t create a moment for the photograph. I create a moment for me, which I photograph.”—a 12-page psychedelic image essay by Dutch artist group Rotganzen, a story of graffiti and sex in Ukraine by Sasha Kurmaz, and a nude editorial by Angga Pratama, set in Indonesian modernist architecture—“A while back a gallery got bombed in Jakarta because it showed some nudity.”

Uwe Jens Bermeitinger with Olivier Zahm at 032c Workshop

Uwe Jens Bermeitinger with Olivier Zahm at 032c Workshop

When asked whether publishing in print has some correlation to the body, Bermeitinger showed no media nostalgia or fetish for printed matter. “Other than having a smell and being haptic, the magazine makes no direct correlation between the body and paper.” Tissue also runs an exhibition space in Hamburg—Tissue Lab—and hosts an events series called Tissue Ultra. “It’s more important for the magazine to be a vehicle for a community of people working together to be in the world, and sometimes this can be sexual, artistic, political, or philosophical,” says Bermeitinger.

On view for tonight’s launch at 032c Workshop are exclusive photographs by Zahm, from his upcoming book Diary (Rizzoli, 2014), objects that might make you hallucinate by Rotganzen, as well as photography documenting the recent political unrest in Kiev by Kurmaz. Three posters from the new issue, also on view, seem to perfectly encapsulate another Tissue message: GEIST, LIEBE, FREIHEIT.

www.tissuemagazine.com

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