Flint Magazine is an unbound multimedia journal, modeled after Aspen Magazine, the highly influential art journal “in a box”. Like Aspen, Flint Magazine examines contemporary art practice and criticism, however Flint Magazine offers a poetic antonym of sorts – where Aspen is a tree, Flint is a rock.
Taking cue from Roger Caillois’ The Writing of Stones, Issues 1 + 2 of Flint Magazine explores the rock as a medium for art, mysticism, place, and history. Rock is a natural archive, it records history as layers of sediment, and as a sculpted form. The oldest existing representations of visual symbolism and material technology are found in the form of carved stone that date to 250,000 BCE. They preserve time, space, and artifacts in the same way the internet accumulates information - always collecting and storing without editing itself. Rocks compact history, yet still maintain a beautiful and unique form.