On 12 May 2018 Cooltsalon launched its very first “physical asset” – the ‘Cooltzine’ – a publication curated for international, visual dialogue between creative practitioners. The zine carries on the message of re-discovering the city, re-connecting to it and each other as urban dwellers, and is something tangible that can be collected, shared and referenced at any time.
The specific brief for Cooltzine vol.1 was “Neglected spaces in YOUR city where you find inspiration”, attracting responses from different parts of the world, revealing stories and individual experiences through the means of photography, illustration and collage. The first Cooltzine edition is made by 40 contributors, from early to mid-career artists, as well as self-taught multidisciplinary practitioners and amateur photographers. Motivated by the international nature of Cooltsalon as a projects platform and the submitted photos and illustrations, the zine launch was conceived to defy geographical boundaries, by taking place simultaneously in 4 different cities – London, Berlin, Belgrade and Sofia.
After the one-day simultaneous exhibition event, a limited Cooltzine #1 print run was available from participating partner venues in London, Belgrade, Berlin and Sofia; copies available free of charge. In June 2018, Cooltzine #1 found its way to the Water Tower Art Residency results presentation event at “Place 167” ( Място 167 ) in Sofia. In July 2018, Cooltzine #1 was presented at the Tangible Books’ Indie Book & Zine Fair in Edinburgh.
The second edition of Cooltzine, ‘Shared Space’, is released on 18 May 2019, with 25 collaborators for the pages and the simultaneous exhibition event, taking place across Paris, London and Sofia. Cootlzine #2 contributors profiles can be found here.