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Four Minutes to Midnight

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Four Minutes to Midnight is an experimental literary arts zine that explores the intersection of graphic design, typography, poetics and politics.

One of the central features is the "fugue", an "exquisite corpse"-inspired poetic-text, multi-authored, but precisely edited and composed. It is an experiment in collective writing and seeks to present the desires, aspirations, and regrets of a group of people at a specific moment in time.


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Author(s):Kevin Yuen Kit Lo, John W. Stuart




How does project benefit the client (if there is a client)?
There is no client.

How does project benefit the people you are speaking to with your communication?
Hopefully the artwork (texts, imagery and design) act as an inspiration (or at least an entertainment) for the reader, something they can turn to and see a bit of themselves reflected. Much of the work deals with politics from a personal perspective, challenging norms, and calling for action. Furthermore, as a collaborative practice, it helps to nurture a community of artists and provides a venue for art to be experienced.

How does project benefit the wider society?
The wider society is the people we are speaking to hopefully.

How did/does this project benefit author (authors/makers of the project)?
It gives me something to do. Something I think is important, and something that has made me feel useful.

Tell us something about your view on communication. What is your / your organisation's / initiative's (visual) communication philosophy?
Dialogue, dialogue and more dialogue.

What about the process of creating this work? Please describe it.
Content is collected over a long period of time, some stuff sticks and other stuff doesn't. We then go through a long editing process, with many many rounds, much discussion, and much doubt. In the end, deadlines start appearing and we work as fast as we can to wrap all the thinking up into a pretty package.

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