Qompendium is an evolving and ever-changing platform for philosophy, art, culture and science, represented by a series of print publications: magazines, books and monographs. Furthermore, it is enriched by a gallery concept, a work shop and a fast-moving online portal.
Garagisme is another magazine about a passion also shared by the Qompendium crew namely car culture.
The publishers of Garagisme in their own words: Garagisme questions our relationship with individual motorized transport by bringing together different points of view and practices such as contemporary artists, photographers, architects, urban planners and others.
The program includes photo series, profiles of innovative start-ups, portraits and interviews of artists, essays and fiction.
It is published in English and French and distributed internationally.
Garagisme takes a novel look at the object car as it goes through this period of challenge and change.
"I love the Automobile. I love cars, the smell of oil, factory canteens, design office linoleum, race track paddocks, industrial design, wrenches. I like to drive Shelbys and electric vehicles. Even more so, I love people who live for Automobile, the discussions with engineers or the parking lot custodian, the thoughts of the environmentalists, tutorials from a craftsman, the skills of the mechanics, the surprises from the Japanese designers or the confidence of the Germans, the artists’ critiques, and the ideas that arrive from the chidren that like to create word games with motorway signs.
Unfortunately, during these meetings, I quickly came to discover that many people are frustrated because the product never fully pays tribute to the people who created it or to those who buy it. Cars are too expensive or boring, are never powerful enough and always pollute too much, they are over-stylized or not rewarding enough… Is it human nature to be constantly dissatisfied or does the car play a role in this?
During these recent years, we gave ourselves the means to deconstruct the model of the automotive industry to understand the source of the problem (the worship of the Golden Calf on wheels); and it has since been remodeled to be more contemporary, and to a scale that puts the clients, workers, investors, housewives, designers, weekend drag-racers, pedestrians, and artists, rabbits... at the heart of the system.
Here are some excerpts from the subjective and unusual yet thoughtful tale of this scientific adventure."