01 Sep ISPILI Magazine Volume 1:
Intwasa Hlobo | Space
ISPILI Magazine is an independent annual publication that explores multiple dimensionalities of culture, creative and critical thinking, as well as various modalities of expression, knowing and sensing. We publish anything that can be put on a page: photography, illustrations (hand or digital), paintings, collages, poetry, short stories, interviews, conversations, excerpts from books, exploring various traditions and projections into possible futures. We also strongly encourage that our contributors collaborate to create new bodies of work and configurations of knowledge.
We believe that the cultural dimension is a regenerative force that offers multiple possibilities in which we can understand and see ourselves and the world we live in. ISPILI Magazine is concerned with the preservation and transmission of culture, and thrusting tradition into possible futures in order to re+member and re+invent, unlock the imagination and allow space for collective healing.
The first issue of ISPILI Magazine carries an ancient energy that meditates on what and how we can understand the present by exploring the idea, feeling, and concept of SPACE: it interrogates what memory is and how it is packaged in colonial settler cities, thereby re/producing particular modes of being + temporalities; it charts the visual landscape of graffiti as a tool to transform and create new worlds, as well as the creative force and teachings that inkenkqe opens/ ruptures.
We ask, in light of our technologized bodies/ Selves, where and what is our space, and how far can the photographic image or the sonic vibrations of cymbals negubu/ isghubhu teleport us; what are dreams, and the messages they bring us from the astral/ ancestral plane, emathongweni; what does it mean to become – ukuthwasa, and its relationship and history with music and healing.
Since the publication and activation of ISPILI Magazine Volume I: Intwasa Hlobo | SPACE in Rhodes University, Makhanda, The Interim and The Drawing Room in Cape Town, The Mustard in East London, and the Mandela Centenary Book and Film festival at Nelson Mandela University, ISPILI Magazine has been received with much critical acclaim and the second volume is highly anticipated.
ISPILI Magazine is published by GXIMFI Press, a division of ISPILI Network.