Acido Surtido is a publication on art
and design distributed for free in the whole
country. The first issue of Acido
Surtido was published in 2001, as an answer
to the lack of action and the downhearted feelings
that was threatening the national cultural
production in those days. Trying to take over
collective construction common places, Acido
Surtido opens itself to other voices, getting
together in order to share. A kind of generosity
is underlying: those who offer the place, those
who give their work, those who receive it and
make its sense. There are some other principles.
Avoiding commercialization and production paraphernalia
that could make its cooperation spirit strange
and move towards massive circulation. Betting
on the quality of its contents secretly hoping
to achieve fulfillment. In a nut shell: find
the difficult balance between a high level
publication and a self-produced fanzine.
Our publication is a printed 65 cm x 95 cm sheet
of paper, created by different collaborators
around the same topic which is a conceptual frame
to trigger ideas.
only the summoning topic/concept but also the participants
are unique for each issue and define its personality.
Everybody who would like to take part in the challenge
must show in a printed 16 cm x 23,5 cm space, freely
using graphic and textual resources, their particular
approach to the topic.
The proposed Acido Surtido develops around two complementary strategies: on one
side, each author receives a space equivalent to materialize, with free use of
textual and graphical resources, their particular approach on the subject, the
other side, however is reserved for the deployment of a single job as a poster,
but it is a process of collective creation.
Our collaborators come from different disciplines, but they are mostly linked
to visual arts: designers, photographers, illustrators, fine arts artists. However,
throughout our issues there has been a heterogeneous universe which also includes
writers and poets together with other collaborators who could have hardly had
the opportunity to develop project-like experiences.
Like an avant-garde "exquisite
cadaver", the summoned authors work in an
independent way: nobody knows who the other participants
are or what the other works are going to be like.
At this stage, editors must personally follow each
collaborator’s work and the integration of
each work within the publication according to the
most convenient criteria.
The final printed work is a kind of finding. In that moment, every collaborator
meets each other and faces their works. In this way, Acido Surtido aims to find
a gathering place to reflect before new readings and meanings that comprehend
and surpass the works involved.
With an analytic, cartographic spirit, the reader can draw new territories and
relationships, recognize coincidences, recurrences or contradictions among the
proposals in each edition.
Acido Surtido is free of charge for its readers and participants. It does not
count on advertising spaces or sponsors of any kind whatsoever. Its production
is supported by the editors only, thanks to invaluable fostering of design companies
and studios that work disinterestedly.