Atlantis Magazine Release Party
Soapbox Laundro Lounge, third floor
255 N. Front Street
November 20th, 9 p.m.
Free, 21+; $3 otherwise
Featuring music from Justin Lacy and the Swimming Machine, Gypsy Fire and James Ethan Clark
The collegiate magazine of UNCW brings forth complete unity for creation of art in all forms. Students mull over its pages for months in advance, tinkering with layouts, editing and re-editing text, lightening or truncating pictures. The end result: Atlantis, which will be showcased in its fresh-from-the-press glory come Saturday, November 20th at Soapbox Laundro Lounge on the third floor.
The release party for the publication is one of many Atlantis-sponsored events that take place throughout the Wilmington community. Tess Malijenovsky, the magazine’s 2010 editor in chief, as well as part founder of the UNCW Photography Club, has also interned with encore, not to mention garnered quite a few accolades during her college career. She took Seahawk Newspaper Rookie of the Year Award and Best Photographer Award (Student Media). She makes it a point to keep the pages of Atlantis interactive.
“Aside from putting out a magazine once a semester,” she notes, “we like to put on events such as our open-mic nights, ‘Atlantis With Love,’ the second Tuesday of every month.
The magazine just wrapped up a $100 ghost stories contest, co-hosted with The Talon Magazine, in October. “I can’t stress enough the importance of artists, writers and musicians checking out and supporting one another in our creative endeavors,” Malijenovsky says.
The publication brings together prose, poetry, photographs and art from hundreds of student submissions across the UNC school system. In the end, the magazine stands to represent the creative drive to which writers, artists, musicians and others must relent in order to continuously create. The end result comes in boxes of glossy-bound books, all of which takes four months to create. Under the control of a new editorial staff, the 2010 fall edition will live up to the high regard of arts within our community. Malijenovsky explains:
“We’ve revamped Atlantis with more journalistic feature articles on photographers, poets and art movements, and by introducing more of a cohesive theme to our layout, all the while concretizing the staples of the magazine, such as the submissions content we publish or the process article of the featured band.”
Features consist of the No Boundaries international art movement, which has been a staple on the local scene for over a decade now, as its retreats take place on Bald Head Island. They also feature a piece on UNCW alumni Brandon Froville, who now pursues urban photography in New York City. Likewise, current encore intern and prodigal musician Justin Lacy takes on his own creative process playing with his band, the Swimming Machine. As part of the release party, Lacy’s band will headline the event, which will be prefaced by poetry readings, as well as music from classic rockers Gypsy Fire, along with an acoustic set from James Ethan Clark. The party will also display art work and photography throughout the venue, all the while celebrating and passing out the latest Atlantis.
The theme of the fall edition focuses on the staff’s take of Art Nouveau, something that inspired 21-year-old Malijenovsky after seeing an exhibit at the Musee d’Orsay featuring the revival of the 20th century movement. Having lived in Paris for a month with a grandmother whom she’d never met opened her eyes to cultural revelations.
“There were varying art pieces from concentric, multi-colored couches, to Grateful Dead vinyl album cover art, to glass coffee tables built with half-naked dominatrix mannequins,” she explains. “I was inspired by how modern creative talent redefined a ‘dead’ art movement and, in turn, this exhibit inspired the fall issue’s theme.”
Malijenovsky’s travels have added to her job, enriching her outlook for art, life and its marriage toward more engaging and interesting output. “Last year I studied abroad in Valencia, Spain, for five months and then worked a summer job outside of Geneva, Switzerland, at an international private school, College du Leman. I think my experience abroad taught me the virtue of patience, above all, because I was completely on my own in a Spanish university, not only in a new country with new customs but with a language barrier—I’ll never take the immigrants experience for granted again.”
Malijenovsky promises to continually strive for the magazine’s inclusiveness as part of Wilmington’s collective emotive power and voice of the creative community during her final year of school. To support Atlantis, and especially Malijenovsky and her staff for publishing Wilmington’s primary literary magazine, head over to Soapbox on November 20th.