Halfway between a magazine and a personal diary, Meantime is one of those editorial products for which you feel love at first sight. Unlike most of the things you have seen so far, in this "magazine" that comes from Singapore you will immediately appreciate the artisan flavor.
Meantime is the fruit of the genius of Pang Xue Xiang, a young journalist from Singapore who wants to tell the lost and often forgotten stories of his country through this magazine. It does so with a unique, intimate and personal touch that humanizes the magazine far beyond the patterns in which we are used to evaluating independent magazines.
The first issue, now unobtainable, was a success for the sensitivity that its pages were able to convey: it told the history of Singapore through a variety of ephemera inserted between the pages of the magazine: handwritten cards, photographs, flowers, boats of paper. The second number (available HERE) tells of ghosts, real and metaphorical, and literally leaves you speechless for the editorial choice and the characteristics of the product, difficult to find, conceive, think and above all to realize so well, with its cover that seems ruined but is not and with the thermal paper that hides secrets.
ISSUE 2 - GHOST STORIES
The second edition, printed in June 2020, is entirely dedicated to ghosts. Ghosts are the past that returns, the dormant memories that peep out at some point. And they are also the real ghosts, the voices, the shadows in an abandoned prison or in the games of an old amusement park.
It is through these mystical beings lost between imagination and reality that the authors tell us the story of a forgotten Singapore. From photos in an amusement park that make us question our memory of events, to the hyper tourist islands of the country, from the poet who tells how Singapore has rapidly transformed, to the transformations of buildings. And then we find inside stories of missing people, sacredness and testimonies of their own inner ghosts.
The stylistic choice is unique and, in the impossibility of finding a formula, we can decree that "Pang's style" is fully recognizable.
The zine inside features photographic reports, often with vintage photos, a horror story in a separate pamphlet, illustrations on tissue paper and hand-torn pages to give each of the 1200 printed pieces a touch of unrepeatable uniqueness.
The physical essence of Meantime zine starts from a thread binding with an exposed spine, it amazes us with a thermo-sensitive cover (it becomes dark in the cold and, in the heat, reveals old photographs hidden in it), but the touch of class is what appears to be an imperfection: the paper cut of each page, imprecise, serrated, with a very slight ruined effect that recalls on each page the image of a ghost that, imperceptibly, passes by.
Limited edition: 1,200 copies
Dimensions: 25x17.5 cm
Letter: RJ thermosensitive
Binding: thread with visible back