elsewhere
ELSEWHERE

It is no surprise that the act of wanting more is a prominent human trait, and sometimes, also a flaw. This seeking impulse is ingrained in our nature. After such a long time stuck indoors, society has nearly fully migrated to the digital, and now more than ever we feel the necessity of expanding our reality in alternative ways, as an attempt to experience the "exterior" reality, from our current digital hubs. However, as restrictions are lifted and businesses start to reopen we currently find ourselves in an odd limbo: somewhere between the continuity of being indoors and short outdoors visits reduced to a superficial experience, as we fear for a second wave of infections. Things clearly are not the same and we are wary. Thus, our fourth issue Elsewhere (with a hint of irony, nonetheless) seeks to address this need for an expansion of our current reality, of experiencing something else, even if merely as a distraction.

We do not wish to be indoors any longer, but when we're outdoors, we're instantly transported to a nostalgic place, reminiscing about an experience that is not quite the same. We miss our mobility and our freedom to roam. So we question the act of roaming. What did our old patterns say about us as a global society? As summer approaches, it is nearly impossible not to be haunted by the culture of travelling, which up until the pandemic was a liberating and necessary act of contemporary life. So what does this experience tell us about the concept of travelling? In an attempt to escape nostalgic reminiscing, how can we adapt and expand our current realities? How can we experience the exterior being indoors? Approaching from different perspectives, this issue looks at these alternative ways of expanding our realities, questioning the act of travelling, creating cyber realities as a form of escapism and being propelled into both the past and the future by questioning the strangeness of our current experiences.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to our guest contributor, Victor M. Almeida, who never fails to bring inspiration and incite curiosity, even in the face of our discomforting current reality.

Hiatus Collective.




Notions of time and space are altered. A disease has spanned the globe, and its consequences are unprecedented. We are now living through a Global Pandemic crisis. Putting on hold the debate on borders as a physical and geographic limit and its implying crises of identity and conflict, countries now turn to fences and walls as a means to mitigate an inescapable/impending quandary common to all worldwide. It is no novelty that millennials and Gen Z are characterised by distancing and alienation, but the new order put in place by the pandemic has imposed a revival of the "bedroom generation" in the post-digital era. Everything is reduced to the display screen and the simulated reality within it.

A digital magazine entitled RIFE—initially created within the discipline of Editorial Design in the MA of Communication Design at the Fine-Arts Faculty of Lisbon—emerges as a response to the pandemic condition and its global effects on the individual, social, political, ambiental and cultural levels, raising questions surrounding what we know as our reality at this day in age. These questions are made and answered by designers. This is pertinent as we designers operate within our contexts, and in order to render ethical alternatives to realities presented, we must investigate and understand them. At this point in time, we are physically inhibited to circulate freely, so we turn to questioning how to circulate content digitally—not by option but by necessity—, thus revealing a doorway to cultural production in the digital world.


RIFE Magazine — Issue 4, Elsewhere

Social Media Management
Beatriz Pinta 
Nádia Alexandre
Sofia Cavaquinho

Editorial Board
HIATUS COLLECTIVE

Project Orientation
Sofia Gonçalves

Operations Director
Nádia Alexandre

Creative Directors
HIATUS COLLECTIVE

Editing and Contents
HIATUS COLLECTIVE

Copy Editor
Beatriz Pinta

Webdesign
Mariana Cordeiro
Manuel Silva
Sofia Cavaquinho

Development
Mariana Cordeiro
Manuel Silva
Nádia Alexandre

Development Support
Rui Sampaio

Guest Contributor
Vitor M. Almeida


DISCLAIMER
Collective HIATUS does not assume responsibility for the accuracy of all information. Reproduction of whole or in part of the published contents requires written permission from HIATUS.

RIFE Magazine believes in freedom of speech and thought thus, it does not exercise censorship on its contributors. Signed contributors do not necessarily represent the opinion of the collective HIATUS.

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