The First Status Update

This article is a part of Issue #2: Breath. You can get your own physical copy of the zine through our store, or see the full page spread for free at our Patreon!

When technology augments the natural limits of human communication, there are often unexpected side effects. When Sharp first decided to bundle together a phone and a camera into the same device, they didn’t know they’d laid the foundation for Instagram, or the rich visual ecosystem of mobile content. At the time, uploading images to the internet in a community of users was 10 years away. Similarly, when Casio created the first commercially successful answering machine capable of playing an outgoing message in 1971, they didn’t realize that they had effectively given a broadcasting platform to the answering machine owners.…   [continue reading]

Contusions of a Greying Culture Vulture: A Semi-Automatic Essay

This article is a part of Issue #2: Breath. You can get your own physical copy of the zine through our store, or see the full page spread for free at our Patreon!

The writer consoles himself by saying, ‘by writing this or that, you will finally get to live your life’ – not realising that these tasks are what your life becomes. Then again, I was nearly killed during the writing of this article. The random hand of chance is always near. However true or false it may actually be, every pop culture writer feels that they are vividly connected to cultural events of their time – whether in lockstep with or at a remove from every twist and turn of the zeitgeist, deciding whether to investigate any of this tumult is critical.…   [continue reading]

Welcome to the Internet

All artworks included in this piece are the work of Katrine Claassens, and are represented in monochrome here (as they appear in Issue #2: Birth). You can see them in full colour at Katrine’s site, or order your own copy of our zine through our store or Patreon.

In this intimate series of works, Katrine Claassens paints both abandoned and much-loved images culled from the internet. By carefully selecting reference material from digital sources, Claassens distils the absurdist nature of internet humour to bear witness to a tragicomedy otherwise ignored. Material gathered from abandoned Twitter accounts, internet memes, stills from GIFs, and badly executed flash photography become adopted beauties when taken under her wing.…   [continue reading]

Sharing the Vision: How Software is Making Science Accessible to All

This article is a part of Issue #2: Breath. You can get your own physical copy of the zine through our store, or see the full page spread for free at our Patreon!

What’s the earliest thing you can remember?

Maybe it’s a happy memory — one coated in sunlight or a particular kind of weather — or maybe it’s a dark memory, one that you’d rather not revisit. After all, most early memories are usually one or the other; extreme emotions have a tendency to stick, for better or worse.

Perhaps you remember your first home? The colour of the walls, the markings on the floor, and which door led you to where?…   [continue reading]

Tyrannosaurus Death!: A Conversation with Adam Volerich

This interview is a part of Issue #2: Breath. You can get your own physical copy of the zine through our store or Patreon.

Though we featured some of Adam Volerich’s still photography in our previous issue, he’s primarily a filmmaker. We’ve been big supporters of his work, through Magnalux Pictures or otherwise, at Secret Cave. His catalogue shines with ingenuity, off-beat humour and a deep respect for the power of location. With the release of his latest short-film, Tyrannosaurus Death!, we jumped at the opportunity to interview Adam about its production.

Below is a cropped sample page from our zine.…   [continue reading]

Inside the Mysterious Bots of Beau Gunderson

With 16 bots and hundreds of other coveted projects to his name, Beau Gunderson is a prolific developer and valued contributor to the open source community, responsible for adding thousands of unique artworks and text snippets to the Twittersphere. And Twitter really is the ideal gallery for this form of expression; ideal for audiences because it allows them to become immersed in the bot’s stream of consciousness, and ideal for developers as an easily-accessible sandbox in which to store and evaluate new ideas quickly.

Since the earliest days of Secret Cave, we have been obsessed with the art of bots and the motivations of their creators.…   [continue reading]

Outsider Textiles: A Conversation with Shanell Papp

This interview is a part of Issue #2: Breath. You can get your own physical copy of the zine through our store or Patreon.

In our last issue, Birth, we featured a single piece of Shanell Papp’s distinctive artwork. We would have liked to show more, and initially planned for an in-depth look at her talent for textiles. It’s a medium she explores and warps in surprising ways, with an intense attention to detail. The physicality of her output makes her focus on anatomy and the macabre more direct. For this zine, we spoke to Shanell about some of her intentions and drives.…   [continue reading]

Almost Normal: Why I Love Lowbrow Art

This piece was written by Warren “WEE” Elliott for Issue #2: Breath. You can purchase a physical copy through our store or Patreon.

Lowbrow art is a raw, frequently unpolished graphic style that grew out of the underground comix, punk music, and hot-rod scenes. Often it focuses on sex, drugs, and anything that might be considered taboo. Its aim is to violate social norms and slap polite society in the face with the dirty and calloused hand of reality. It’s rough, it’s real, and I love it!

I grew up in a working class family, in a working class neighborhood, in a very conservative Christian community — Lynchburg, Virginia to be exact. …   [continue reading]

ACME: An Explanation

This ten-part fiction is currently being serialised in our zine. You can order a copy of Issue #2: Breath, featuring this part, from our store or Patreon.

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An Explanation
(let me take you by the hand)

The ACME Company was everything to everyone around it. As fundamental as water to our survival, there were utterly no revolutionaries against the peculiar establishment. After all, a human would not get particularly far if they eschewed fluids; so the same applied to Petey, Georgie and the rest of their charming ilk’s reliance on ACME.

ACME provided all inhabitants with their wishes.…   [continue reading]

Constructing Achewood: A Momentary Diversion with Chris Onstad

Click here to order Issue #2: Breath, including this interview, from our store. Alternatively, copies are available through Patreon.

Achewood, a webcomic launched in 2001, is among the densest works of fiction on the internet. Resting on the mannerisms of a developed cast of complex characters, it later evolved to include blogs, Twitter accounts and even a cookbook. Its creator, Chris Onstad, has given life to every corner of its titular setting through a series of inspired arcs. For Issue #2: Breath, we talked to Chris about Achewood, some of the process behind it and its future.…   [continue reading]