The independent Cuban magazines are one of the most interesting phenomena of the contemporary Cuban context. They fill a void in the institutional media landscape, offering topics that aren’t covered by governmental media. Independent Cuban magazines have created a new kind of media institution. Magazine producers are creative and audacious and have covered information niches that are in high demand by the Cuban audience. The reach of their distribution is impossible to determine statistically because of the format of the phenomenon and the strange logic of its social fabric. Here lies the challenge of the project: Is it possible to study socially distributed media and the network of independent magazines circulated offline in Cuba?
Title: Bedside magazines [Revistas de cabecera]
Technique: Videoinstallation. Android app (RDC.apk), RDC Managuer, RDC Cloud, motion graphics explainer video (1920x1080, duration: 00:01:06), live-action explianer video (1920x1080, duration: 00:02:30), audio file (duration: 00:03:00), several public events.
Direction y concept: Yonlay Cabrera, Dianett Quintana
Programming: Gustavo Viera, Antonio Serrano
Graphic Design: Alejandro Romero
Animation: Alexander Collazo
Audiovisual production: Néstor Siré
Production: Colectivo Más voces, Real Embassy of Norway in Cuba.
The main component of the project is an app for mobile devices. It allows access to independent Cuban magazines through personalized searches for specific content, sections, and magazines. The app also aims to establish direct contact with readers and provide them with the ability to generate feedback regarding the magazines' consumption.