Welcome to the South Pacific’s New Writing venture
Rem Magazine has been set up to promote and encourage the diffusion of experimental and innovative writing and arts in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Primarily, we define experimental writing as textual and artistic forms that disobey, deconstruct or play with or against normative comtemporary styles. This includes artpo/vispo, asemic forms of writing, avant-garde poetry, fiction and visual arts. At the moment, we cannot cater for sound or moving pictures although we do not rule this out for the future.
Of course, anyone can load a website these days and call it a hub of experimental creation. Certainly, there is an ongoing struggle between what it means to be under and aboveground. Words like cutting edge and experimental have become easy but abused entry fees to exclusive clubs regardless if the members meet the required membership. Here at Rem, we try to be honest and transparent about what works we consider to be different and fresh. If you have something that you think fits the bill, then by all means, send it in.
For us, experimental is a condition or a process. Authentic, experimental ideas are those which steer us off-course, provoke new debate or have the potential to change literary and artistic values. Rem Magazine is founded upon concepts of dissection as writers search for code and meaning (or even create it) as we draw a line between defiance and commercial literature. As a result, we aim to showcase such local talent in order place New Zealand’s challenging writers amongst international artists on the world stage. By doing so, we hope to diminish the collective nervousness, the collective embarrassment that plagues us, transforming us from a nation of individuals to a world of heros.
At the very least, we will try.