Document Journal describes itself as being ‘collectable but not consumeristic’ and this is certainly accurate. A cool and classy biannual publication, this independent title founded in New York focuses on American and global culture and features prominent voices from the worlds of art, fashion and literature. Covering a range of topics including photography, politics, the environment, music, travel and technology, this bold and bulky magazine is crammed full of quality content.
This issue: For Document’s 19th issue, we consider the possibilities and complexities of radical creativity in an age of rapid technological progress. Is creativity something you’re born with, or can it be synthetically produced? What is the place of romanticism and human emotion in an age governed by reason? Who are the gatekeepers of creativity’s next frontier?
‘Creativity’ can be defined as both a material, technological invention, and as a theoretical disruption to our way of life. Over time, the distinction has become increasingly blurred. Scientific progress has historically gone hand-in-hand with periods of intellectual awakening. When Galileo first pointed a telescope skyward at the start of the 17th century, it wasn’t just a pivotal moment in the course of modern astronomy. The realization that Earth was not the center of the universe called into question everything about ‘reality,’ as our senses were capable of understanding it. This new unknowability is a vehicle for human progress.