From the Editors

It’s been five months since the last issue of v.1—we’ve fumbled into a new year, endured schisms local and global, held the hands of those close by and reached to those farther away. As this letter is penned, New England has seen more days of rain than in springs past. Though gloom may be difficult to wade through, we editors brought this issue of v.1 together in an attempt to tease out the sparkle of a life, of a passion, of an obsession—the sprout of the first bloom, the remaining sliver of sun as day wanes into night.

Translating thought into praxis is a labor of love; the nonsense of the world asks for a pliable mind and a patient heart—within the pages of this issue, our contributors have taken this call to action and traversed various borders, whether digital, physical, or emotional. A professor reflects on her past semester’s sabbatical research in Sri Lanka and the country’s decades of turmoil; one student dives deep into the world of internet antique dealing and digital nostalgia while another approaches amnesia, ghosts, and trauma through a physical listening device; a letter is another student’s frank confrontation with his mother tongue. There is a project on color and the ways we move through museum spaces as well as a proposal that creates an unconventional fissure through those spaces. We are brought to brighter days in an interview with Sunrise RI and introduced to hopeful horizons through conversations with RISD’s new Provost and new Associate Provost for Social Equity and Inclusion. We even have our first taste of “food writing.” The only way to wrap up an issue like this one is not to—we’ve let its loose strings fall and tied a ribbon around its tangles. Ultimately, the things that dominate our time and our minds don’t often form from a singular root; they sprout in myriad directions.

Last issue we were green. This issue we’re in purple. Next issue we might be full color or in new forms both multiple and mutant. “Publishing,” returned to its etymological roots, brings us to populus, Old Latin for “the people.” In whatever we do, v.1 hopes to uphold an underground rhizome for our people—an ear to the ground and a pulse to the shifting landscapes. Whether dispatching a word, a mark, a conversation, or an extended essay, our pages are consistently open and endlessly malleable. As our friend the late poet Mary Oliver (1935–2019) wrote: “I’m not trying to be wise, that would be foolish. I’m just chattering.”

Editors, v.1

Mays Albaik
Tiger Dingsun
Irina V. Wang
Wen Zhuang

  1. From the Editors
  2. A Room without a View: Reflections on Studio Practice from a Privileged Poor Chantal Feitosa
  3. Between the Battlements Jeremy Wolin
  4. Accessing Color: Dissecting the Harvard Art Museum’s Forbes Pigment Collection Makoto Kumasaka
  5. British Club Tattoos Nasser Alzayani
  6. Making Space: Creativity and Resilience in War-Time Sri Lanka Elizabeth Dean Hermann
  7. How to Become Trans: A Proposal for the Modern-Day Gender-Agnostic Asher White
  8. Making It Up: A Conversation with Kent Kleinman Wen Zhuang
  9. “In Peace”: A Conversation with Matthew Shenoda Mays Albaik
  10. Suburbia_hours.mov Nora Mayer
  11. Negative Spaces Emily Wright
  12. Centerfold: Urgency Lab
  13. Rise Up: The Sunrise Movement Takes Root in Rhode Island Irina V. Wang
  14. After Strand Nafis White and García Sinclair
  15. Soldiers of Love? Karen Schiff
  16. Decoding Ghosts Molly Hastings
  17. An Annotated Bibliography Eli Backer
  18. Jesus, Marilyn, and Britney: Relationships between Religion and Celebrity Culture Nina Yuchi
  19. The Social (Antique) Network: Empathy in the Age of Digital Antiquing Zola Anderson
  20. My Little Episodes Michael Brandes
  21. Seeking Fair Game on Hidden Fields Reilly Blum
  22. The Should Be Here Is Not Here Joss Liao
  23. Index of Agency Sophie Chien
  24. Don’t Eat the Models Barbara Stehle
  25. Hypothetical Drink Personality Test: Who Said What, and When? Eliza Chen
  26. Dear Arabic Mohammed Nassem
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