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DIAPHANES Magazine No. 5: out now!

DIAPHANES 5: TAMING THE GAZE  turns its attention to deception and censorship, violence and consumerism, desire and norm, looks for reflections between the poles, ambiguous peripheries, moments of anarchic seeing—not just in art.



Lars von Trier seeks the Kaspar Hauser of cinema in a long conversation. Elena Dorfman beholds the origin of the world in Uncanny Valley. Alexander García Düttmann addresses the moralism of form. Beyond the pleasure principle, Wong Ping‘s true stories are a provocation. Ashley Hans Scheirl stages her scene’s ob_sceneries. Uma Thurman‘s face becomes vulnerable. Andrea Éva Győri traumatizes apples and lemons. In their essay Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck show us what we don’t see and that other people delete, while the boundaries of what is permissible to show are sounded out in conversation with the documentary film producer Christian Beetz.


Also in this issue: Literary texts and poems by Axel Dielmann (“The Dressmaker”), Alban Nikolai Herbst, and Brigitte Oleschinski. Sina Dell’Anno writes about the Roman Saturnalia, Sylvia Sasse about operative censorhip in der GDR, Johannes Binotto about Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Andreas L. Hofbauer about the yoke at the beginning of the alphabet, and Malte Fabian Rauch about “Phenomena in Exile”. No w here is configured by Nora Turato, and the scattered inserts are from Robert Estermann. And, taking a book with her, Ines Kleesattel visits the Balthus retrospective in Basel for our new rubric, Collisions.


The Questionnaire is answered this time by Joanna Kamm, the new director of the LISTE Basel; Luc Meresma finds an especially fine false front for Future Pluperfect; Fritz Senn sent in a text for the rubric I remember, and The Artful Flaneur visits a street in Tallinn. Once again you can find Barbara Basting’s Facebook column, the rubrics The Transversal Shelf and Dear Paul, and in this issue for the first time recommendations for art exhibitions, music, and film throughout the magazine.


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We wish you good reading and invite you to our Release Night on December 8 at ESPACE DIAPHANES.



Taming the Gaze

Softcover, 160 pages

PDF, 164 pages

Art has always been the site of struggle: its forms obscure, its 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 trains them? Cyborgs? Bots? Avatars? As if there were identities galore, and just behind, uploaded, were a world. For here there is no place that does not see you.


Andrea Éva Gyori traumatizes apples and ­lemons. Alexander García Düttmann addresses the ­moralism of form. Beyond the ­pleasure ­principle, Wong Ping’s true stories are a provo­cation. Ashley Hans Scheirl stages her scene’s ob_sceneries. Lars von Trier seeks the ­Kaspar Hauser of cinema. Uma Thurman’s face becomes vulnerable. Elena Dorfman beholds the origin of the world in Uncanny Valley.