VORTICE was born in January ’96 while on a lonely holiday in Buenos Aires, when the city’s daily speed slows down and the meditative thinking starts flowing. That’s how the idea of sending some writings to fellow artist friends began. These were originally introduced as typewritten letters. There were five writings: one from J. Kosuth, another one from Uruguayan painter Torres García, a Rainer M. Rilke letter, a review by Robert Hughes and one last writing done by me named Paideuma.
blank centerpage, where the readers could publish their own writings or artworks. Thus, I could start arranging the next issue by using the materials I was already reveiving. The magazines mailing extended to 60 artists.
During the first year of the project I worked in the house of my old-time friend "Chino" González who, with great patience and dedication, taught me the first steps with his Macintosh computer. After much invested time, I finally learnt to manage the programs for designing the publication and also setting a database. By the end of 1996, I submitted the project to the National Arts Fund and was given a credit to buy a PC, and eventually to work at home.
From issue # 8 (April 97) onwards, artists original artworks were added and featured on the cover and on the centerpage, and the magazine was slowly turning into an artists book.
All through 1996 the publication was released bimonthly; the working schedule comprised 45 days to receive the materials, and 15 remaining days for the magazines general edition (image scanning, design, printing, assembling and sending) From 1997, due to reasons of time and price, it begins being published every three months, as the seasons of the year take place.
The magazines distribution varies between 250-300 issues, thus reaching a 40% of Argentine mailartists and a 60% of foreign ones.
[ see "Vortice Project" edited publications ]