A (maga)zine about choreography, care and kink.
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STILL LIFE is an online and printed zine about relationships and configurations in which one person is still while others are not. Or where one person is passive and others are active. It’s about how we put ourselves in other people’s hands. Or how we are put in other people’s hands. It’s about care and power and vulnerability and agency. And other things not so clearly named. It’s about the different kinds of knowledge that people have about their own and other people’s bodies. And the kind of philosophical and political understandings woven into that knowledge.

It is part of Hamish MacPherson’s ongoing research HARD CARE which orbits around the idea of care as an aesthetic, choreographic and political practice. As a negotiation of constantly fluctuating needs, capacities and interests. And in particular, care that is disengaged, reluctant or otherwise complicated and with problems.

Contact hamishmacpherson.x [at] if you would like to contribute something for a future issue or get in touch about anything else.

If you like STILL LIFE you can also donate to support some of the running costs.

“very sexxy”
Ultimate Dancer, artist

“a small gem of a magazine”
Maartje Nevejan, filmmaker

“Very well done, very well presented. A beautiful zine”
Five O’Clock Zines

“Brilliantly broad and incisive”

“Enlightening, funny, odd and just brilliant to have around”

“Consistently impressed and intrigued by this excellent zine: not just some incredibly acute thinking about what performance can do, but also what, as a format, a zine can aspire to do. Highly recommended.”
Chris Goode, Theatremaker

“Hamish MacPherson succeeds in a deeper exploring of a (caring) practice than I have experienced from care ethics until now. He unravels and disentwines that particular situation to a new essence. He does that without the theoretical concepts about needing care and giving care, organization, power, politics, and even ethics. What happens when we focus solely on the physical interaction in a caring practice”
Aletta Ooste, Care ethicist

“I’m interested in revealing care as a practice that manifests throughout life. Interviews I think, are a good way of sticking to the practice and not getting too caught up in analysis. And yet by putting different types of accounts together in an issue I am inviting the reader to make connections between practices and understand them in new ways”
Hamish MacPherson, editor of STILL LIFE