Hendrik Rohlf

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DIAPHANES is a publisher and an international print and online magazine with a focus on contemporary art, critical discourse, and multilingual fiction. Open for the plurality of all forms of imagination and knowledge, DIAPHANES MAGAZINE connects an interest in current tendencies with deep-rooted research, the power of fiction with nuanced judgment, aesthetic excitability with essayistic sharpness. Equally committed to art and thought, critique and production, DIAPHANES MAGAZINE wishes to correlate positions that seek new politics of text and image in the face of conformist regimes of meaning, and to contribute to a renewal of the means of critical apprehension and ...
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PublisherDiaphanes2017
Every world view is linked to aesthetic decisions, every thought to its form, every judgment to perception and affect. The fact that this always requires an intermediary, a conveyor, is—given the omni­ presence of multi­ and mass media—both a trivial and a profound insight, the finest shoots of which range from Aristotle’s “the diapha­nous” through Joyce to the present, in which one thing is blatant: what is made visible, and how, shouldn’t be left to either the techno­ or other ideologies. For what seems far too present today, not least in the form of conflicts about images and bodies, and as ...
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PublisherDiaphanes2017
Everything is connected to everything else, says Lenin, as do the finance gurus, and the more it breaks down, the better it works, says Deleuze, as do the winners of the “crisis.” It’s many strokes that make up the big picture, and nets are made up of knots. It’s equations that found exclusions and force us into regimes: it’s small words that make the difference. The form and direction of movement is articulated at the joints; the shared, the collective, any talk of “we,” is upheld or torn apart by bands and bonds. Communism as the “free association of free individuals”? ...
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PublisherDiaphanes2018
Where is the present when the computer pulses at the wrist every day, when we’re globally inter-connected in real time but don’t take in our selves for a single moment, just bits and pieces, just snatching a few intensities, when neurons plus communication already makes a consciousness? Is it nothing but a hallucination, in permanent crisis? Does it stand still, get wider, poorer? How does the past change when systems record every second, saving them for the right moment or for all eternity, when contacts, mails, and calendar and movement data evaporate like spam in the cloud? Is it forgotten, does ...
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PublisherDiaphanes2018
Was there ever anything inherent? Or wasn’t there always something different—appropriated? The narratives of identity: exhausted among undead restoration and the fragmented dis­ courses of equality. Every self­-image forecasts its own disappearance. The longer you look at it, the more alien its returning stare. Even a square centimeter of mucous membrane or the thin­ nest of biofilms reveal the body as a transitory space, the individual as a colony: I am I and all my microorganisms—and those of my ancestors and their genotypes formed through ages of adapta­tion. Mutation and migration—from micro­ to socio­biome: we are we and all our languages, ...
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PublisherDiaphanes2019
Art has always been the site of struggle: it’s forms obscure, it’s freedoms pure fiction. And the territory is currently being resurveyed. While identities blur, the terrain is being fractured. Old and new forces are intervening, speculating for various interests, claiming their share in the visible and invisible—the accursed share. What some ignore, others must delete. What mustn’t be shown can be read in a deeper darkness under a stronger light. Blinded, baited, ensnared in finely woven nets, our eyes are like those of tamed animals, first wild, then sore, often dulled: overstimulated, tired, and yet very desirable beasts. But who ...
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PublisherDiaphanes2019
This double issue summons the specters of the avant-garde, dissects its corpse, which was never found, but still radiates the black light of its visions and phantasms. Was the failure of the avant-gardes unavoidable? What remains of their goal of eliminating art in a revolution of life? What can be learned from the tension between a radical urge to form and political action, between bright visions of progress and dull resentments? Avant-garde in the 21st century? Nothing more than borrowed gestures, appropriated knick-knacks? A vintage label for art collectors and leftist veterans, material for the latest turncoats? And what can “transgressive ...
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PublisherDiaphanes2020
DIAPHANES 8/9 looks into curious loops of reproduced present, the integral of circular I-effects, the other side of the social Möbius strip. Is the self nothing but an echo? An effect without cause? The human being a message, an autoreply in the jargon of social-memes? Who or what massages the backchannel so astoundingly self-similarly, like an invisible hand? Tom McCarthy makes a plea for the inauthentic, for an ethics without subjects. Shengze Zhu tells of intimacy and loneliness in the live-streaming communities of China, and Zoran Terzić asks about strategies against grand generalization by generic rationality. Christopher Meerdo consigns Bin Laden’s ...

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