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HT20: DECAY

This term, we wanted to choose a theme that would reflect the burnt-out reality of the Oxford student's Michaelmas. 2019 is coming to a close. The light is breaking down, sun disintegrating, material wearing down, and we're feeling ready to take some time out to sit and stew in our own mulchiness.


The luxurious bleakness of midwinter was reflected in the wider world, illuminating a crumbling of trust within politics in the run up to the General Election. We have put together a bristling cluster of contributions which span a diverse range of forms and matters. The disintegration of corporeal structures as a parallel to politics, the decay of memory over time, and the breaking down of traditional modes of poetry are just some of the themes in which decay has been manifested by our contributors. Try not to get too bogged down down in the rotting. -Maia and Melisande





HT19: RITUAL

The majority of our submissions for February's food issue were poems. Just what is it about groceries that inspire ekphrasis? Is it the way we dream about the different surfaces leaning against one another in the plastic shopping bag, the smooth wet tomato against the sponginess of the bread?


The secret life of foodstuffs has inspired the art world for millennia, from the dining-room mosaics of the ancient Romans to the foodstagrammers of today. Not to mention the memories of our own 7-year-old selves trying to win the vegetable-animal sculpture competition at the village fête (that is if you were a village child/ maybe you instead longingly gazed at the cordoned safe-haven within the park that was the fascinating allotment site, or maybe you petted the pig within the petting zoo while the plot of Charlotte's Web enthralled your mind - maybe). Food in art is by no means always a metaphor. Yes, food can be used to mean 'belonging' 'sensuality' 'control' 'abandon' - but in this issue we don't want to forget the gorgeous stuffness of it. Without food's sensual dimension it loses its interest as the intersection of physical need and psychological DESIRE. We blame food for making us break out, gain weight, fart. We detox, bulk, indulge. We rely on it to wake us up in the morning. It's an agent, our partner in crime! But food is also a way that we physically incorporate institutions, values, trends, into our bodies. When we drink a skinny latte, we're not only internalising the culture of weight loss into ourselves, we are actually internalising a culture (in the microbial sense) of weight loss. Food is one of the rare stations at which theories and ideas about the body are literally embodied. Embody the body. February's issue is going to be like a piece of tablet, short but super sweet. Suck on it, get your kick. Enjoy this issue and think of us at your next meal time. With love from your yummy editors, Kirsty and Mia





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MT19: METAMORPHOSIS

Welcome back to a new year with Industry! ​We’ve spent Michaelmas getting things organised, and are finally ready to kick things off with our first online content update. Our theme for this month is Metamorphosis, a concept that has been explored in and out by creatives and thinkers through time.


Metamorphosis is about transformation, both literal and metaphysical. It is about mutation, modification, reconstruction, and rebirth. Questions surface about the human body’s relationship to other physical entities, and about personal and external processes of growth. Over the Christmas Vac, our team has been hard at work putting together an array of poems, writing, and art that look at Metamorphosis from a number of different angles. From magical comics and ephemeral drawings, to poems that interpret Metamorphosis through the lenses of mysticism. In photographs and prints, nature meets AI, and monotone abstractions meet colourful experiments. The works that have arisen from this theme are at times personal and introspective, and at times abject and disturbing. They are a representation of the spectrum of talent on this year’s team- and we couldn’t be more proud to share them with you.As a yearly publication, each magazine we put out has its own recognisable aesthetic - unique to the team who produced it. With this month’s online theme, we wanted to set the scene for how Industry 19’ is ready to transform and grow to be bigger and better than ever before. Stick with us for the journey towards our next Annual, we can’t wait to share everything we’ve got in store along the way! BIG INDUSTRY LOVE Audrey and Zoe xx





HT18: SCANDAL

This term, we wanted to choose a theme that would reflect the burnt-out reality of the Oxford student's Michaelmas. 2019 is coming to a close. The light is breaking down, sun disintegrating, material wearing down, and we're feeling ready to take some time out to sit and stew in our own mulchiness.


The luxurious bleakness of midwinter was reflected in the wider world, illuminating a crumbling of trust within politics in the run up to the General Election. We have put together a bristling cluster of contributions which span a diverse range of forms and matters. The disintegration of corporeal structures as a parallel to politics, the decay of memory over time, and the breaking down of traditional modes of poetry are just some of the themes in which decay has been manifested by our contributors. Try not to get too bogged down down in the rotting. -Maia and Melisande





HT18: FOOD

The majority of our submissions for February's food issue were poems. Just what is it about groceries that inspire ekphrasis? Is it the way we dream about the different surfaces leaning against one another in the plastic shopping bag, the smooth wet tomato against the sponginess of the bread?


The secret life of foodstuffs has inspired the art world for millennia, from the dining-room mosaics of the ancient Romans to the foodstagrammers of today. Not to mention the memories of our own 7-year-old selves trying to win the vegetable-animal sculpture competition at the village fête (that is if you were a village child/ maybe you instead longingly gazed at the cordoned safe-haven within the park that was the fascinating allotment site, or maybe you petted the pig within the petting zoo while the plot of Charlotte's Web enthralled your mind - maybe). Food in art is by no means always a metaphor. Yes, food can be used to mean 'belonging' 'sensuality' 'control' 'abandon' - but in this issue we don't want to forget the gorgeous stuffness of it. Without food's sensual dimension it loses its interest as the intersection of physical need and psychological DESIRE. We blame food for making us break out, gain weight, fart. We detox, bulk, indulge. We rely on it to wake us up in the morning. It's an agent, our partner in crime! But food is also a way that we physically incorporate institutions, values, trends, into our bodies. When we drink a skinny latte, we're not only internalising the culture of weight loss into ourselves, we are actually internalising a culture (in the microbial sense) of weight loss. Food is one of the rare stations at which theories and ideas about the body are literally embodied. Embody the body. February's issue is going to be like a piece of tablet, short but super sweet. Suck on it, get your kick. Enjoy this issue and think of us at your next meal time. With love from your yummy editors, Kirsty and Mia





HT17: THE MACHINE

Welcome back to a new year with Industry! ​We’ve spent Michaelmas getting things organised, and are finally ready to kick things off with our first online content update. Our theme for this month is Metamorphosis, a concept that has been explored in and out by creatives and thinkers through time.


Metamorphosis is about transformation, both literal and metaphysical. It is about mutation, modification, reconstruction, and rebirth. Questions surface about the human body’s relationship to other physical entities, and about personal and external processes of growth. Over the Christmas Vac, our team has been hard at work putting together an array of poems, writing, and art that look at Metamorphosis from a number of different angles. From magical comics and ephemeral drawings, to poems that interpret Metamorphosis through the lenses of mysticism. In photographs and prints, nature meets AI, and monotone abstractions meet colourful experiments. The works that have arisen from this theme are at times personal and introspective, and at times abject and disturbing. They are a representation of the spectrum of talent on this year’s team- and we couldn’t be more proud to share them with you.As a yearly publication, each magazine we put out has its own recognisable aesthetic - unique to the team who produced it. With this month’s online theme, we wanted to set the scene for how Industry 19’ is ready to transform and grow to be bigger and better than ever before. Stick with us for the journey towards our next Annual, we can’t wait to share everything we’ve got in store along the way! BIG INDUSTRY LOVE Audrey and Zoe xx





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