Dear readers,

since we have released Rife magazine in April, amidst the spread of coronavirus worldwide, we've worked on creating content that would question our new reality and the status-quo from various angles, whether humoristic, political or personal. Not only has this become an interesting platform to delve into subjects we hadn't necessarily worked with before as designers, but the feedback has been heartwarming (all thanks to you!). During the past two months we have been planning on how we can make Rife magazine more inclusive, aiming to reach beyond the format of guest contributors. And the importance of inclusivity right now seems more latent than ever.

The claim for visibility and equality raised by the latest uproar of Black Lives Matter worldwide as well as the struggle for civil rights for the LGBTQ+ community is no novelty. However, as we have witnessed recently, much of the socio-political fragilities present prior to covid have been intensified/magnified in our current time. In the light of systemic and racial inequalities, as well as the passing of conservative/backward laws amidst pride month, we as a collective wish to open our platform to the dissemination and sharing black, indigenous and LGBTQ+ experiences.

Today, we are glad to finally announce this open call and contribute to the conversation in the way that we saw most fitting: by taking a step back and invite to our platform a myriad of creatives that have something to say and share about their experiences, stories, realities, conversations, heritages and histories. We extend this invitation to black, indigenous and LGBTQ+ creators from any creative field that wishes to partake in the fifth issue of Rife Magazine.

Calling creatives of all fields: graphic design, illustration, photography, motion graphics, writing, etc. For visual proposals (i.e. vimeo, posters, photographic series, etc.), submit the content directly on the email below. For textual proposals (interviews, essays, chronicles, stories), submit us a short proposal via email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Hybrid content is also more than welcome.

We look forward to seeing and sharing your work

Text: 3500 words maximum, editable .docx or .pages document, english only;
Images: .JPEG or .PNG, maximum 100dpi (higher quality is fine as long as it doesn’t exceed file size 200kb), RGB;
Videos: vimeo link;
Other files (i.e. audio, etc.): please contact us if you want to send us audio files and others not mentioned above, so we can arrange the best way for it to be published.


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

Project Orientation
Sofia Gonçalves

Operations Director
Nádia Alexandre

Creative Directors

Editing and Contents

Copy Editor
Beatriz Pinta

Mariana Cordeiro
Manuel Silva
Sofia Cavaquinho

Mariana Cordeiro
Manuel Silva
Nádia Alexandre

Development Support
Rui Sampaio

Guest Contributor
Vitor M. Almeida

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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