Review – Kinbaku Society of Berlin – Issue 6

Released in April 2021, The 6th issue of Kinbaku Society of Berlin, representing Winter takes a dark and moody turn, in these seasonal instalments of the thoughts, writings, poetry and art of Kinbaku across the previous 3 months.

Winter, in many cultures represents death, a time to reset, to cleanse ourselves to be born again. However for many death forces us to stare into the stark reality of that which many of us fear.

Following Alexanders editorial is a novel word cloud, an amalgamation of the top 50 words from over 11’000 sourced from confessions of 14 rope lovers, the size of each word depicting its prevalence and a remarkable consistency in why we tie.

I found this issue took a much wordier approach than previous copies, with a fantastic long form piece by Door, accompanied by a rich set of illustrations by Emre Orhun.

The featured artist for this issue is Swen Brady (Carnivore Pictures), presenting a number of scenes with various levels of intensity. These image sets have a sense of the gonzo about them, raw and unfiltered.

There is also an in depth interview with Peter Banki, organiser of the Festival of Death and Dying and of Erotic Living, and his perspective touches upon the paradoxical nature of life and death, how death is approached different across cultures and the influence of death in his work.

Throughout this issue are also short poems by Saara Rei, Komainu, Margout Darko, Dark Path & Kaley, which present different perspective of death and our relationship to it through the exploration of rope.

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