The Fourth Estate Utopias

The House of Common Affairs (HOCA) is a new, smashing journal about the Fourth Estate Utopias. It provides an opportunity to challenge the niche and yet popular field that exists in the overlap between the arts and journalism. HOCA invites a more diverse range of voices into the conversation with the aim to promote an international and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, as well as knowledge. It seeks to offer a space for critical thinking with the aim of provoking further developments in this field.

The Fourth Estate Utopias is the first issue of HOCA, and as such addresses the project’s subtitle, ‘fancy discussions about Fourth Estate utopias,’ and is about the role of visual communication in relation to journalism.

Introduction by Noortje van Eekelen
Forum 1: ‘An Artist, a Politician, and a Journalist Walk Into a Bar…’ with Belle Phromchanya, Ruben Pater, Ken Hollings, Monika Parrinder, Noortje van Eekelen and participants; moderated by Paula Minelgaite
‘Form, function, content, payroll: micro and macro politics of design,’ essay by Depatriarchise Design
Interviews with Alina Negoita, Chourouk Zarkaoui and Latifah Al-Said
Forum 2: ‘What Do We Want? Clickbait! When Do We Want It? The Answer Will Shock You!’ with Olivier Kugler, Jessie Bond, Theo Inglis and participants; moderated by Paula Minelgaite
‘Parallel channels,’ essay by Jaione Cerrato

Alina Negoita is an interdisciplinary artist
Belle Phromchanya is a designer, visual researcher, and filmmaker
Chourouk Zarkaoui is a multidisciplinary designer and communicator
Depatriarchise Design (Anja Neidhardt and Maya Ober) is a research platform focusing on Design Patriarchy
Jaione Cerrato is a graphic designer and artist
Jessie Bond is a writer, researcher, and editor
Ken Hollings is a writer, broadcaster, and cultural theorist
Latifah Al-Said is an artist of British/Omani heritage
Monika Parrinder is a design writer, consultant, and educator
Noortje van Eekelen is the founder and director of ACED
Olivier Kugler is a reportage illustrator
Paula Minelgaite is a designer concerned with the politics of truth
Ruben Pater is a designer and researcher
Theo Inglis is a graphic designer and writer

Sponsored, produced and printed by Pressision Ltd, UK
Paperback, 103 x 195mm, 144 pp
ISSN 2632-4482 01
Edited by Paula Minelgaite
Published by House of Common Affairs, London, UK
Designed by Minelgaite studio