Isidora Durán Stewart, one of the creators of Hoax, shares how the magazine came about and what it sets out to do:
Leaving university and being plunged into the open-ended expanse of possibilities is enough for anyone to be struck with existential uncertainty, but when the world upon which our future depends is in jeopardy, the significance of the meaning of our own existence dwindles when faced by a threat to existence itself. Faced with the rapidly increasing urgency of the environmental crisis, myself, Irene Mansoldo and Finn Melvin Caird decided that we could make a positive contribution to the world in a way that was meaningful to us by channeling this eco-anxiety into a creative project.
Over the past five months, we have curated, produced and self-published Ireland’s first environmental publication within the context of today’s climate emergency. Hoax is a platform for the sustainably minded in Ireland; through our contributors, who span from artists, to printers, to activists, it represents the different ways in which Ireland is responding to climate change.
Combining our backgrounds of philosophy and graphic design, Hoax explores the uncertainty surrounding climate change, and the confusion regarding where, and in who, we can place our belief and trust. Through our contributors, the publication tackles the broad disconnection felt between ourselves and our environment, and reinforces the importance of community and solidarity.
Fundamentally, Hoax shows that you do not have to be a public speaker to live life in accordance with your beliefs. Each person has the power to transgress in their own way through their own practice. Activism can be what you make, what you wear, or how you communicate with others, and although the climate crisis was borne out of disunity, it can be tackled by reconnecting with ourselves and each other through doing what we love.
Each copy of Hoax is cost price and comes with a uniquely designed environmentally themed sticker. We are a non-profit organisation and all money goes back into the publication and associated printing costs. Our launch party takes place Friday, December 6 from 7pm onwards in Lucky’s Bar, Meath Street, Dublin 8.
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