Facility - Issue #1
By Facility Magazine
Brooklyn, NY, 2019
Dimensions: 7 in x 10 in
Color: black ink
Edition size: 1000
It's nice to have an awesome idea for a publication, but does the finished work measure up? Facility sure as shit does! Such a smart, thoughtful magazine that will probably run out of toilet paper long before it runs out of ideas. Here's their About text, followed by the contents of this debut issue:
Eating food and eliminating waste are fundamental to human experience. But while there is a robust culture around food, there’s virtually none around the toilet. Conversationally, architecturally, politically, artistically, we spend too little time celebrating or critiquing this space that we visit—and the things that we do there—every day. The bathroom has not been thoroughly plumbed. Facility’s rigorous study of toilets—toiletry, we might call it—explores the rich and multifarious sights, smells, textures, feelings, ideas, and routines behind the nicknames, beyond the placards.
Facility issue one includes:
An interview with plumbers, bath riots on the El Paso-Juárez border, the origins of sex-segregated bathrooms, urine drinking, a history of fluorescent lighting. Plus reviews of pills, ductwork, glycerin, and mirrors. And more!
Featuring: Art For a Democratic Society, Liz Barr, Chloë Bass, Keenan Bennett, Charlotte Doherty, Rebecca-Damilola Fayemi, Kennedy Felder, Elizabeth Gumport, A.S. Hamrah, Heather Johnson, Svetlana Kitto, René Kladzyk, Jane Marchant, Dawn McIntosh, Julie Moya, Erin Sheehy, Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin, M Slater, Zekarias Thompson, and Ward 5B.