“OEI was started in 1999, as a magazine mostly for experimental poetry. We had been very interested in things like North American Language-writing, Brazilian concrete poetry, the investigative poetry of the ‘pataphysically oriented Toronto Research Group, and small-press adventures such as the French Orange Export Ltd. Since then we have moved closer to the art world, while also including a lot of philosophy, film and speculative sociology. And while also keeping our distances to all of this. Our latest issue is on sleep, withdrawal, attention, distraction, and the complex notion of “the contemporary”.
OEI has never been about “self-representation” through publishing. We have always been more interested in what the French media researcher Emmanuel Souchier has called “l’énoncé éditorial”, “the enunciation of editing and publishing”, an enunciation taking into account the constitutive preconditions of the enunciation: format, paper, montage, layout, typography, the tensions between text and image, proof-reading, binding, printing, etc.
So far we have published 58 issues of the magazine, and approximately 60 books within the publishing structure connected to OEI, OEI editör: mostly poetry and artist’s books, but also theory and poetics, posters, cd:s and dvd:s. Connected to our office in Stockholm is an exhibition space, OEI Colour Project, housing micro-exhibitions, lectures and readings.
But the magazine is the core of the project, and it is not an accidental occurrence if one of our most recent issues, #56–57, is a special issue on the notion of the magazine as an aesthetic medium, investigating many of its transformations and formal innovations since Stéphane Mallarmé’s La Dernière Mode in 1874. And we still believe in the transformative power of the magazine format, even if it has changed much in the thirteen years OEI has existed. (…) ” Jonas (J) Magnusson about Editing OEI