The ongoing pandemic has provided a framework for the development of broad societal debate on the necessity of mutual closeness in distance, solidarity and new systems of organization. A crucial role is played by the decision to depart from the monothematic focus of the individual editions of the magazine, replacing it with a rhizomatic structure of a processual mental map circling the terms chaos & jouissance under the title: „Delight, pain.“
The Issue focuses on themes of mental health, identity politics, queerness, gaming, solidarity and the imaginary reconstruction and renewal of grand narratives. All the themes are interconnected by the globally experienced pandemic situation. This, however, is not a thematic framework but merely an inseparable condition of any activity currently taking place.