Purposefully aiming to be vague, we chose this month’s theme for the myriad of different interpretations a tag can take. You see them when cataloguing, or identifying objects in a museum; you see them spray painted on the side of walls, denoting an author; children play a game of ‘tag’ on the street, so it begs the question: what do these things all have in common? In these, ever-social times, we rely on tags to get our content shared far and wide – but what are the dangers lurking behind closed doors for such a ‘labelling revolution’?
We sent our series of prompts to our selection of pen-pals and received great correspondence back. Ranging from modernisms’ atonement in the middle east to examples of entrepreneurship in BK, this issue of bnieuws even looks at how sinister the searching for architecture questions feel.
Our Editorial team has been busy too, with Elena’s investigations into the legacy of Queen’s Freddie Mercury after his portrayal in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, but also looking at the one-of-a-kind, artistic intervention of the controversial monument Valle de los Caidos in Madrid. Jan suggests that you should be listening to podcasts when washing the dishes, and has become obsessed with Sony pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Sam has been musing on the abundance of pools when mammals live on land and then Jack returns with a closing story all about what terror lives in-between the tags.
Post the winter break, it is fair to say that we’ve all been dealing with deadlines and dodging responsibilities when sprinting to the finish line. December feels like a distant memory despite being a few weeks ago and, despite the snowy weather, summer feels like it’s right around the corner. We hope that you savour this issue with a nice hot beverage and snack, comfy clothes and compelling playlist of your favourite tunes.
But remember, as the age-old saying goes: if a tree falls in the middle of the forest and it didn’t get shared online, did it really happen?