We are pleased to announce the inaugural issue of haus, a student-run visual culture publication. Kindly funded by the Gallatin School at New York University, haus aims to emphasize emerging artists and writers, facilitating critical dialog within the community. We are circulating the publication free of charge to expand the distribution of young artists’ and writers’ works. Taking an alternative approach to the current model of outsourcing and mass-producing printed media, we are constructing the publication by hand. Beginning with our own autonomous project, we hope to establish a larger publishing collective to realize the creative expressions of our peers.
The theme of our first issue is trends of sincerity. We are interested in how the concept of sincerity has affected art practices and the reception of art throughout time, especially in today’s networked culture. Fueled by the constant flow of information, the distinction between irony and authenticity is often blurred. The new experience of genuine interaction manifests somewhere between digital and physical space. What is sincerity in the age of digital reproduction and free culture?