Editorial #21

There would be no Janus if there weren’t people with a penchant for making sense of the human adventure. This is the real guiding force of the second issue of our magazine. We speak of a second issue, instead of issue 21, because much has changed since the magazine was started by Jan Fabre and Dirk Imschoot in 1998, sadly ending in October of last year.

Since then, a group of very young and a bit less young editors has gathered around the ensign of Janus and accepted Fabre's knightly consecration to continue the endeavour. The first issue of this new generation of the magazine appeared in June 2006 with Michael Schumacher on the cover the greatest of all contemporary knights, rider of the rampant horse Ferrari.

In the world of art magazines we actually feel more like the Don Quixotes of the situation, riding the splendid Rocinante. Cervantes’ legendary figure firmly believed that in order to truly encounter people, an experience of madness was indispensable. Our experience of folly is Janus as we set out into the art world to restore the rules of cavalry. A very reasonable madness it is, as the intellectual benefit that these first two issues have given us, and we hope also our readers, is a deep pleasure.

Those familiar with Cervantes’ Don Quixote know that it is constructed upon an ironic reversal of all the heroic cavalry narratives of the 16th century. In the same way we would like to tell in each issue a more playful story regarding a theme we consider crucial for contemporary culture. For this  issue we have chosen the invisible and asked people from various disciplines

to reflect upon it and attempt to go beyond the habitual discourses of their field of research. In our Cult City section we get to travel from city to city. Brussels, as you will see was our latest stop, not at all far from home.

This allows us to meet some of the most interesting protagonists of the cultural life in the places we choose and ask them to join the Janus ride. After all Don Quixote’s reward was not enemies slain, but the ungoing encounter with extroardinary human experiences.

In the first issue we launched a call for authors, now we must make one for supporters that wish to see our journey continue, by making sure that Rocinante has a stable to rest in and Sancho Pancho something to keep his demanding wife appeased with. This said, we all know of course that Don Quixote’s preference will always go to sleeping in the open air under the stars.