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White Fungus #17

Taiwan-based independent arts magazine White Fungus returns to print for the first time since the pandemic with the release of its 17th issue. The new edition will be out in early June. Preorders are available here.

The new issue features in-depth articles on bats, avant-garde jazz group The Art Ensemble of Chicago, plus an exploration of the world of Taiwanese folk religion and its connection to art, politics, tourism, and the criminal underworld. 

There is video art from Brazil and a look back on composer Annea Lockwood’s London years in the 1960s and 1970s, during which she created her legendary Glass Concerts and Piano Burnings. The issue also features a look back on the life and work of Paul Celan, often called Europe’s greatest post-war poet.

White Fungus was founded in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2004 by brothers Ron Hanson and Mark Hanson. In 2009, the Hansons relocated back to Taiwan, where the magazine has since been based. 

The publication began in the spirit of pure anarchy as an intended one-off staple-bound political zine protesting the building of an inner-city motorway that would cut through the heart of Wellington’s arts district. Copies of the first three issues were produced on a photocopier, wrapped in Christmas paper, and hurled anonymously through entrances of businesses in the city. 

Since its rambunctious beginnings, White Fungus has evolved into an internationally distributed print publication that covers art, music, literature, history, and politics. White Fungus eschews demographics and easy classification, instead choosing to stubbornly build an audience guided by curiosity and an openness to the world around us.

Every cover of the magazine is derived from a scan of a can of “white fungus” the Hansons discovered in their local supermarket in Taiwan. These covers provide few clues as to the content hidden within the magazine’s pages. 

White fungus is a wild mushroom used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Today it is commonly served in soup as a local delicacy. White fungus is believed to be good for immunity, the brain, heart, and skin. 

Paul Holdengräber described his impression of the magazine when speaking with White Fungus editor Ron Hanson on his podcast The Quarantine Tapes. 

“That gesture also is a kind of gesture you make towards the reader, saying, ‘I trust you,’ and in a way, you’re enticing people into the unknown. You’re saying, ‘Let your curiosity lead you and be perplexed by what you might find because you’re going to open this magazine at your risk...’


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