Junk Jet is a fanzine, a collaborative format set up to discuss subversive and hoaxing pirate works on topics of electronic media and aesthetics. It is both an online publication (including movies, images, software, and pdfs), exploiting all possibilities of multimedia, and an extravagant lo-fi paper publication (including special gifts) on a non-commercial scale.
Junk Jet has established an open platform for artists, media theorists, and others to take part in an aesthetic and futile battle against conventional use of modern media. From radio to computer it has collected significant works subverting, boarding or even breaking technological systems, for aesthetic purposes, curiosities, and instincts. Or just for fun. Junk Jet offers an interlinking base for those medial Don Qichottes, who set their hands on electronic devices constructed as black boxes by technological industries. It is these users, who hit mainstream practice, as they not only extend the boarders of custom, by using electronic devices in a way they were not intended, but also as they tunnel common aesthetics and functions, determined by technological dispositives.
In this, Junk Jet deals with tinkering (bricoler, basteln), with forms and found objects, with theories and (small) narratives, with fashions and styles, and of course with computers and other electronic devices. It is about exploring do-it-yourself works, accidental outcomes, deviant and normal aesthetic forms that result from misused media, subverted customary tools, and jammed common practices. It is about cultivating an anti heart by “introducing noise to signal”: by distorting the digital hype and collapsing the technological seduction.
Contributors among others: Claus Pias, Gerd de Bruyn, Olia Lialina, Kim Cascone, Martin Woodtli, Farmers Manual, Jan Jelinek, girl.tv, dieb13, Holger Lund etc.