00000MONACO MAGAZINE is publication, a website and a programme of events. The format of a periodical magazine is used as an organisational structure to produce content across three platforms. Instead of reviewing or previewing, the magazine is devoted to sharing ideas and information about things that haven’t happened, and maybe never will (artworks that are impossible to realise, projects that haven’t got off the ground, the beginnings of ideas, or research that is still ongoing). The aim is not to catalogue or archive these projects, instead they are considered as starting points. 00000A magazine is light and malleable, but it also presents an opportunity for continuity or permanence–more so than an exhibition, or even a book–because a magazine repeats regularly. This degree of perpetuity allows contributions to unfold gradually over several issues as readers become contributors and contributors become readers.
00000MONACO is a thin section of rocky Mediterranean coastline with a total area of just over two square kilometers. Although an independent city-state, its infrastructure is integrated into surrounding France, on whom it depends for everything from public utilities to defence. The country is ruled by a direct descendant of the Grimaldi merchant pirates who conquered the Rock of Monaco in the 13th Century. 00000
The current monarch, Prince Albert II, is the son of Grace Kelly. Kelly gave up her acting career to assume to role of Princess Consort of Monaco when she married Albert's father, Prince Rainier III, in 1956. She died in 1982 after losing control of her car as she drove along the same section of Riviera clifftop road as her character in a scene from ‘To Catch a Thief’–the film role which first brought her to Monaco. Numerous streets and public buildings in the principality have been named–or renamed–after her, including the Avenue Princess Grace adjacent to Monte Carlo beach, and the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace. 00000Monaco’s liberal tax laws have made the country a haven for international tax exiles (only around 16% of the population were born Monegasque). The inflated population levels have resulted in an incredible man-made topography of sky-scraping apartment blocks stacked from the water's edge to the French border in the cliffs above. Since 1965, Monaco has increased in surface area by a quarter through the creation of the Lavarotto beach, the semi-floating breakwater at Port Hercule and Fontvieille, an entirely new district reclaimed from the sea. 00000 Below ground, shopping centres, car parks and museums have been hollowed into the rock. The train station tunnels the length of the country, accessed through a network of underground corridors, elevators, escalators and moving walkways, enabling pedestrians to move from place to place as if in a three-dimensional game of snakes and ladders.