At the studio: mono.kultur / Kai von Rabenau

Disclaimer: As a reward for reading all of the following words, you’ll find the possibility to win something.

Over the last few years, I’ve often been asked how much longer I thought it was going to be until printed publications would go extinct. Because naturally I, someone who publishes online (as in: the antipode of offline), would totally oppose everything printed on paper. Like online publishing is on something a kind of religious mission striving for world domination. Though it all sounds terribly 2009, this phenomenon is scarily present in the fight against subscription and ad sales losses most print products face these days. Still, I do not have the saving answer, despite saying out loud that I do love print! I mean, you get to choose the paper, and a format, and a cover (or umpteen covers, as seems to be necessary these days), and there is just no equivalent way to do a correlating double-page spread in a browser. So yes, there are a dozen reasons to still do print products, at least in my Weltanschauung.

I have to admit, I seem to honor only a few of the gazillion available magazines by actually walking to the store and paying money in order to read them – but they do exist and one outstanding exemplar is the Berlin-based mono.kultur, a publication I’ve eagerly followed since attending the event celebrating their Miranda July issue in Spring 2008 at Scala (which no longer even exists, oh oh Berlin…). So of course I said yes to spending an hour of my more than restricted time (you might remember I’m working on finalizing my thesis) at their office in a lovely Kreuzberg backyard on the occasion of their new issue.

Portrayed here is Kai von Rabenau, the head and motivator of a team of ten writers. Being a photographer and magazine lover himself, he started mono.kultur back in 2005, searching for contributors by, quite classically, putting a flyer at the Pro.qm bookstore. The concept of mono.kultur is simple and has grown out of economic necessity – they never managed to finance the print of their dummy, which included several interviews, so they decided on spreading them over single issues, starting with Carsten Nicolai, Frank Leder, and Nine Inch Nails. This turned out to be a genius idea, making it possible to create a new design for each issue, resulting in fabulous editions on Tilda Swinton, Dries van Noten, Dave Eggers, and many more. (Also note the reprint of their Taryn Simon issue on the occasion of her solo exhibition at Neue Nationalgalerie.)

Their newest issue, “Refine for Now”, focussing on Chris Taylor, the bass player of the fabulous Grizzly Bear, has just been released and will be officially presented this Wednesday night at L.U.X. in Kreuzberg. Good thing is: you’re all invited! Even better: Kai agreed to present us with five copies of the new issue, so if you want to share some of my print-joy and win one of those five, just leave a comment saying you want one under this post before Thursday, Nov 10, 8pm! (The winners will be announced in the comments – so take a look on Thursday night!)


ps, in case you can neither make it to the release event tomorrow, nor win one of the issues, you can still follow mono-blog.


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  1. Lena M. on


    I would love to win an copy!

  2. kathy on


    Ich. Will! Ich liebe liebe liebe solche Sachen! Ich weiß nicht genau, was ihr haben wollt, damit ich gewinnen kann, also lass ich euch einfach meinen Namen und meine eMailadresse da. Welche maiinstream (at) lautet. Und ich bin Kathy. Alles Liebe!

  3. bosch on


    Ich nähme ja ein Exemplar. Danke.

  4. florian on


    Me too, plies.

  5. Kathrin on


    I’m dying to get one!Lovely post too. xoxo

  6. Piia Kauts on


    Magazines are worth waiting for, especially the very well designed projects like mono.kultur.I guess I grew up with books not iPad so can I please get a copy of a printed magazine?

  7. alex on


    I want one!With love from New Orleans, Lupe

  8. Ryan A. on


    In one of my classes this past semester we actually discussed the future of print media and its cultural significance and its future. I believe that we all came to a unanimous agreement that print media will not die. Especially as long as there are academic outlets and so forth. May it find a difference niche? Probably. But I don’t see the days where I won’t be able to buy a book or a newspaper in my lifetime. Especially in big cities, New York, Berlin, Paris, London etc, where so many people rely on public transit. Print media is so important in that demographic for those commuters.Also, I’d love to win some if I could!-ryan

  9. anchett on


    i would love to have one of the issues!

  10. Anonymous on


    I would love to have a copy of the new issue please, thank you!qookickedyourcat (at)

  11. Micheal M on


    Yes please!Also good luck with your thesis

  12. Baustin on


    I really really really would love one! Oh how i wish I could be in Berlin for Wednesday’s presentation.

  13. Anonymous on


    WOOOOOW wäre sehr erfreut eins dieser Magazine zu gewinnen !:)

  14. Kelly on


    Oh, ich hätte gern eins!

  15. Rebecca on


    Ich will.

  16. Madison Brockman on


    As scary as the digital/e-publishing “revolution” may seem, I’m positive that it can never fully replace the long-term love affair we humans have with printed media. The physicality, and permanence of books, journals and magazines, etc. are just too good to let disappear! Plus, you can’t tear out a page of a magazine with Chris Taylor’s picture to put on your wall if it’s a page from a blog!(Und ja… ich wäre auch sehr erfreut eins dieser Magazine zu gewinnen!)

  17. ROP on


    ich kann von mono.kultur gar nicht genug bekommen! tilda, dries, nin und einige ausgaben mehr darf ich mein eigen nennen – da darf was aktuelles natürlich nicht fehlen…

  18. Anonymous on


    ah, one issue for me pleasefirst time I hear about it!! (thank to you .))Su

  19. Anonymous on


    ah, one copy for me pleasefirst time I hear about it!! (thank to you .))Su

  20. Anonymous on


    nice post

  21. vesselland on


    Mono Kultur in print und in Melbourne. Das waere doch ein Ding.. Tilda Swinton my way, please..

  22. Anonymous on


    oh oh, die arme lottofee… ich wuerde mich ueber ein exemplar freuen und werde puenktlich zur verlosung wieder vorbeischauen. terramadrenl{at}

  23. Bert De Backer on


    While you wait for the others, I wait for a copy :).

  24. Alex on


    I want one1!!

  25. ILopezYou on


    I want one too! please! I live in Chile and i need more culture! Vielen Dank!

  26. Noel on


    I would be eternally grateful to receive a copy!

  27. NewYork on


    Please please please please please please please please please please please Oh really please!! can I have one?!!

  28. joel on


    Arrived in Berlin 2 months ago but only just got internet where i am… so just found out about your magazine. I have started a personal blog about the future post consumerism as the ‘M.O. of our lives’ its v early days, I will def be looking for your mag! great motivation, thanks!

  29. Mary on


    Rebecca, bosch, Bert De Backer, ILopezYou and Micheal M have won! Congrats to you guys! Please send your contact information to

  30. bosch on



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