Side Magazine accompanies the fourth Bergen Assembly, a contemporary art triennial in Bergen, Norway, which opens in 2022.
Under the editorship of curator Yasmine d’O, Side Magazine combines artistic, literary and scientific writing, with seven issues being released prior to the exhibition. The publication serves as a discursive space for the triennial, which is conceived by artist Saâdane Afif.
Invited by Afif to curate the triennial, Yasmine d’O. sets out to search for a mysterious seven-sided geometric shape, the heptahedron, and in the process encounters seven characters: the professor, the bonimenteur, the moped rider, the fortune teller, the acrobat, the coalman and the tourist.

Each respective issue of Side Magazine is dedicated to one character, with a special eighth issue published after the triennial’s opening, including installation photography.

Side Magazine: The Moped Rider

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What are you hiding under your helmet, dear Moped Rider? Where will your wanderings lead you and what encounters might they bring?

The second issue of Side Magazine is dedicated to the manifold figure of the Moped Rider, approached differently by seven contributors. These include the film critic Lars Ole Kristiansen, who follows Nanni Moretti’s vespa through Rome in the movie Caro Diario (1993), playing the role of a tourist in his own life. A reprinted chapter from Michele Bernstein’s novel All the King’s Horses (1960), tells the tale of late-night meanderings through Paris and Kristian Vistrup Madsen addresses the changing intimacy between the musing figures in Caspar David Friedrich’s series of paintings Two Men Contemplating the Moon (1819–c. 1830). Side Magazine’s executive editor Yasmine d’O. is in conversation with curators Marcella Lista and Lou Ferrand about the place and movement of visitors in exhibition spaces.

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