Last week at YCN, we welcomed the Barcelona-based Folch Studio to launch Volume 5 of its Odiseo publication with YCN Members, contributors and friends.
On the evening of the 8th of January, we were delighted to welcome Folch Studio to YCN for the first of our 2015 Member events. Founder Albert Folch, and partner Rafa Martinez were on a fleeting visit from Barcelona in order to launch Volume 5 of their Odiseo publication, which brings together artful erotic photography with current philosophical discussion. To explore the most recent volume, they brought with them Carlota Santamaria - the Creative Director of the publication, as well as Editor Oriol Mogas and regular contributor Eugenia Lapteva.
The evening commenced with a short presentation from Albert Folch, giving a flavour of his studio's ten year career in editorial and graphic design, rebranding, concept creation and creative consultancy. Touching upon projects such as fashion catalogues for Cortana, Apartamento Magazine and packaging design for Cristian Zuzunaga, Albert commented on the surprising amount of experience you clock up when working for a decade in the industry. Albert also spoke briefly of their other concurrent personal project - El Dorado. Born from the studio's collective love of surfing, El Dorado is a trans-media platform that spans film, print and a website to share stories of travel, sport and the natural world through a creative lens.
In contrast, Odiseo was created intentionally without any supporting online content or social media tools. As Creative Director Carlota Santamaria explained, Odiseo is intended to be an investment of time and consideration. Taking over the creative direction at Volume 2, Carlota challenged the concepts and the ideals of eroticism by adding a sense of secrecy and subtlety to the photography. She made it clear that it's really what you don't see that is the definition of eroticism, allowing readers to apply their imagination and use cultural and social knowledge to understand the images.
Next we heard briefly from Essays Editor Oriol Mogas, who talked us through some of the design and practical elements that defined the subject matter for the editorial sections. He then introduced Eugenia Lapteva, a freelance writer currently studying a PhD in philosophy and a regular contributor to Odiseo. She proceeded to read, with perfect pronounciation, her thought-provoking essay The Secret Self(ie) which was published within the volume. The essay commented on the influence of technology on modern communication and questioned the effect of a projected self(ie) on the reality of relationships and self esteem.
A huge thank you to the team at Folch for visiting. We have a limited number of Odiseo Volume 5 available from the YCN Shop for the special pre-order price of £8.
Photography by Joseph Fox.
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Start:8th January, 2015 at 6:30pm
End:8th January, 2015 at 8:00pm