(para)llel magazine is a print publication focused on culture at the fringes. With distance from ‘the mainstream’, (para)llel is eager to surpass boundaries of ‘scenes’ or ‘subcultures’ and to explore common positions of marginality instead of maintaining attitudes of exclusivity. As a platform for encounter, (para)llel encourages to experiment with behaviours and actions that take distance from commonplace normative structures and their inherent routines. Marginality, thus, becomes a strength for more independent and autonomous living.

 

(para)llel is the search for re-defining ‘normality’ as utterly free of prescriptive norms, ‘Everyday’ as diversely breaking with seemingly set routines and ‘common’ as intensely diverse. (para)llel is to become a platform, or rather, a network through which individuals engage (self-)critically with their socio-cultural contexts – as individuals, not as representatives of attempts to define identities in objectified terms. (para)llel doesn’t believe in fixed definitions. Rather, it attempts to view reality through a multi-faceted lens which allows for a multiplicity of subjectivities to emerge.

 

It’s a space for culture seemingly hard to grasp or capture, not hidden yet often out of open sight. It’s a space of abstract and discoursive encounters of lives at the fringes of social mainstreams that avoids the reproduction of categories which frame identities as uniform and simple. (para)llel is trans-disciplinary documenting creative practices as singular phenomena of individual character. As such, (para)llel utterly opposes the concept of borders, frames and cages – structures which try but never fully manage to capture individual experiences and behaviours, rendering them as graspable while their truly complex and multi-faceted nature is pushed out of sight. Mainstream culture, thus, produces a superficial representation of the natural complexity of subjectivities. Otherness becomes a cherished value inherent to all living beings.

 

(para)llel is, primarily, a platform for dialogue. (para)llel observes and documents the spoken word, inconspicuous sounds, quick sketches and ad hoc installations. It values unfinished thoughts and their potential to catalyse dialogue as events of doubt, as warped mirrors which alter one’s own perception of reality.

 

(para)llel is the search for re-defining ‘normality’ as utterly free of prescriptive norms, ‘Everyday’ as diversely breaking with seemingly set routines and ‘common’ as intensely diverse. (para)llel is to become a platform, or rather, a network through which individuals engage (self-)critically with their socio-cultural contexts – as individuals, not as representatives of attempts to define identities in objectified terms. (para)llel doesn’t believe in fixed definitions. Rather, it attempts to view reality through a multi-faceted lens which allows for a multiplicity of subjectivities to emerge.

It’s a space for culture seemingly hard to grasp or capture, not hidden yet often out of open sight. It’s a space of abstract and discoursive encounters of lives at the fringes of social mainstreams that avoids the reproduction of categories which frame identities as uniform and simple. (para)llel is trans-disciplinary documenting creative practices as singular phenomena of individual character. As such, (para)llel utterly opposes the concept of borders, frames and cages – structures which try but never fully manage to capture individual experiences and behaviours, rendering them as graspable while their truly complex and multi-faceted nature is pushed out of sight. Mainstream culture, thus, produces a superficial representation of the natural complexity of subjectivities. Otherness becomes a cherished value inherent to all living beings.

(para)llel is, primarily, a platform for dialogue. (para)llel observes and documents the spoken word, inconspicuous sounds, quick sketches and ad hoc installations. It values unfinished thoughts and their potential to catalyse dialogue as events of doubt, as warped mirrors which alter one’s own perception of reality.

(para)llel magazine is a publication focused on culture at the fringes. With distance from ‘the mainstream’, (para)llel is eager to surpass boundaries of ‘scenes’ or ‘subcultures’ and to explore common positions of marginality instead of maintaining attitudes of exclusivity. As a platform for encounter, (para)llel encourages to experiment with behaviours and actions that take distance from commonplace normative structures and their inherent routines. Marginality, thus, becomes a strength for more independent and autonomous living.

(para)llel is the search for re-defining ‘normality’ as utterly free of prescriptive norms, ‘Everyday’ as diversely breaking with seemingly set routines and ‘common’ as intensely diverse. (para)llel is to become a platform, or rather, a network through which individuals engage (self-)critically with their socio-cultural contexts – as individuals, not as representatives of attempts to define identities in objectified terms. (para)llel doesn’t believe in fixed definitions. Rather, it attempts to view reality through a multi-faceted lens which allows for a multiplicity of subjectivities to emerge.

It’s a space for culture seemingly hard to grasp or capture, not hidden yet often out of open sight. It’s a space of abstract and discoursive encounters of lives at the fringes of social mainstreams that avoids the reproduction of categories which frame identities as uniform and simple. (para)llel is trans-disciplinary documenting creative practices as singular phenomena of individual character. As such, (para)llel utterly opposes the concept of borders, frames and cages – structures which try but never fully manage to capture individual experiences and behaviours, rendering them as graspable while their truly complex and multi-faceted nature is pushed out of sight. Mainstream culture, thus, produces a superficial representation of the natural complexity of subjectivities. Otherness becomes a cherished value inherent to all living beings.

(para)llel is, primarily, a platform for dialogue. (para)llel observes and documents the spoken word, inconspicuous sounds, quick sketches and ad hoc installations. It values unfinished thoughts and their potential to catalyse dialogue as events of doubt, as warped mirrors which alter one’s own perception of reality.