Enzymes are not food. But without them, our food would not be assimilated. They are tiny protein compounds that change the structure of what we eat, breaking it down into nutrients, which can finally be absorbed. The human body produces up to 1.300 different enzymes, which catalyze more than 5.000 chemical reactions. Without them, you would not be reading this text. They enable us to see, hear, feel, move, write, digest and think. Enzymes are companion elements. It is through building alliances that they work. Food alone does not do the job, neither do enzymes. It is their entanglement that makes life-supporting reactions possible. After all, we are not what we eat. We are what we absorb. The collaborative aspect implied by its name is part of the very foundation of the magazine.
Enzyme was created by the alliance of artists Joélson Buggilla and Jorgge Menna Barreto. With a common history of working in environmental art projects that connected what we eat to the landscape, table to earth, we envisioned a third site as part of this ecosystem: the page. Can we, for instance, read the surface of the table, write on the surface of the earth and cultivate the surface of the page? By including language as a constitutive element of the environment, Enzyme highlights that the words and images we use are not merely instrumental, but enzymatic, meaning that they might very well define which meanings are absorbed, actively participating in the breaking down of information to enable our ability to see, hear, feel, move, write, digest, think, and respond.