This publication is intended to be a bi-annual investigation of cultural fermentation through the lens of a new theme each issue. Cultural fermentation refers to moments of agitation and excitement that begin to form trends within our day-to-day lives. This magazine, therefore, advances a principled ambition: to draw on fermentation as both a theory and a practice as we journey across sub/human conditions and document scenes of in/animacy. The fermentation process we leverage is certainly not to preserve culture. Its aim, in an alchemical style, is to create something new and unfamiliar, even unpredictable.
Some topics covered in this issue include: cheese cave etymology, birds nest soup and the urban rehoming of swiftlets, the history of Renaissance gardens and grottos, the end of an era at a club known as "the rave cave," guano as stimulant and its place in the world of pseudoscientific medications, and the astrological symbolism of the cave.