Buffalo, Issue 12, 2020, 20 x 25 cm, 372 pages, PB
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In 1993, Buffalo Zine’s Arts Editor-at-Large Hans Ulrich Obrist, sat down with artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lazier at Café Select in Paris, where they began discussing an imaginary exhibition. Titled ‘Do It’, the exhibition would be built through sets of instructions given by contemporary artists, and freely available for anyone to interpret. 

A few years later, after this new exhibition model had travelled the globe and the list of contributors had expanded, it became a book, titled ‘Do It’: a public how-to guide for creating art that was part manual, part creative cookbook, and part do-it-yourself kit.

Under the restrictions and limitations imposed by the circumstances of the past months, the spirit of the ‘Do It’ project has never felt more relevant. So for this issue of Buffalo, Hans Ulrich asked six artists to give us an instructions each that we have followed in the making of the magazine:

1. Avoid the straight line (Caroline Polachek)

2. Try the same idea in different ways (Shayne Oliver aka Leech)

3. Use only one typeface: Univers Black (Matthew M. Williams)

4. Do it through the lens of your best friend (FKA Twigs)

5. And as if nobody was going to buy the magazine (Miranda July)

6. Tell the truth. And a little lie. (Philippe Parreno)

We hope you enjoy the way Buffalo does it

FKA Twigs
Shayne Oliver aka Leech
Miranda July
Emma Corrin
Matthew M. Williams
Caroline Polachek
Sharon Eyal
Philippe Parreno
Moses Sumney

Contributing artists
Torbjørn Rødland
Roe Ethridge
Anton Corbijn
Blommers & Schumm
Tim Gutt
Till Janz
Işamaya Ffrench
Clifford Jago
Stella Murphy
Erlend Peder Kvan
Andrew Emond
and many more

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