A long time in the making, the issue was originally planned to be an exposé of the Kasper Salin-prize winning building Väven in Umeå. The intent was to investigate sides of the building not seen in media, in prize ceremonies or even on site. With time, the scope widened to encompass other things at the periphery of perception – our very own invisible Umeå.
Invisibility can arise from many different conditions, all with their particularities. Why are some things not seen, or heard, or discussed when others are? This is the question at the core of UMAN N°4. For obvious reasons, all questions on the nature of things invisible lack a clear answer, a given result or precise conclusion. Some may call this question a set-up for speculation, and perhaps rightly so, but it can also be seen as a call for investigation. Whatever the results of such an investigation, they must be brought back to the world of things seen. In this process, the very quality of invisibility is invariably lost.
Therefore, the magazine you soon will read will not be the one we made. That one will never be read, and can perhaps only be glimpsed at the corner of the eye, forever elusive.