PSEUBURBIA: KOTTONOPOLIS by Pseudokulture
A5, 16 pages, Colour printing, Saddle stitched, Softcover, 2022
What was the last thing that you purposefully postponed? Maybe, it was calling an old friend - or doing the dishes - even beginning that book. How often do we say: ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ - with little to no time to slow the treadmill of the wake-work cycle or, in the comfort of knowing that tomorrow will look & feel pretty similar to yesterday? In turn, we can put our hobbies, and the people we love on hold. In the face of the global humanitarian crisis in COVID-19, and the conflict in Ukraine, if there was ever a time to wake up and realise that we can’t keep postponing ‘today’ it was now. With this, we picked up the phone - reached out - walked & talked our way through Manchester’s ‘kottonopolis’; two friends inspired by our growing creative community. With two disposable cameras & 120 mm PORTRA film in hand, this is ‘pseuburbia’; our perspective of this city in a day. No kompass - no planned destination - just the want to step loose of the working week’s shackles, take a break and kreate; having the luxury of doing so in freedom & in peace. PSEUDOKULTURE is an independent creative platform, brand & small press based in Northern England. Showcasing well-known talents & lesser heard fables & projects in music, art & photography, ‘pseudo’ aims to inspire & support local & international creatives in their jump between an online & print audience; focusing on those emerging into the industry via a non-traditional path or background. The community was established in 2018 by two friends & flatmates as an instagram curation account - first asking ‘what does culture mean’ to our favourite creators as the basis of our passion project - a distraction from the dull ache of the university sleep-study-work cycle. PSEUBURBIA is one of several zines produced by pseudokulture, this series documenting the hidden stories of suburban life, beauty in dereliction & the lonelier shadows of non-picture post-card metropolises - with analogue or digital content collated from the team’s personal photographic archives.