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Diaphanes (32 titles)
 

Zurich / Berlin
Diaphanes has been active as a publisher since 2001, with its headquarters in Zurich and a project space in Berlin. Editorial care and sophisticated design are the main coordinates of a multilingual book production oriented to enduring relevance in the interconnection of discourse and fiction, art and the humanities, literature and philosophy. As open to the new as to the forgotten, Diaphanes wishes to offer a lively place of publication outside the dominant mainstream, and to give productive resonance to a wide variety of forms of knowledge and expression. With a classical print production and an innovative online palette, Diaphanes addresses an open and critical reading public, for whom books remain an indispensable tool of intellectual interchange. An available backlist of over 500 titles in German, English, and French, together with an annual program of around 50 new publications in worldwide distribution, make Diaphanes one of the most prominent independent publishers.

Diaphanes is also, since 2017, the name of a quarterly English-, German-, multi-language magazine with a focus on contemporary art, critical discourse, and multilingual fiction.
 
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2017
French edition
forthcoming
The socialism of Capital: a collection of texts by economist Christian Marazzi on the new capitalist regime formed out of the 2008 crisis.

2017
English edition
forthcoming
This publication investigates our present relation to the future and asks which means and strategies artists and scholars pursue today, to gain a new scope of action for shaping alternative futures. It brings together contributions by academic staff at the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich as well as selected artistic work by students.

2017
English edition
forthcoming
Drawing on Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's concept of the “girl,” this series of essays brings together a team of contributors to forge a radically inclusive definition of subjectivity in modern philosophy.

2017
English edition
forthcoming
A collective study on the theatrical reenactment of the storming of the Winter Palace by Soviet dramatist Nikolai Evreinov, on the occasion of the October Revolution's third anniversary. This staging of the beginning of the revolution, performed by 10.000 people, is documented thanks to an ensemble of texts, photographs, and drawings.

2017
English edition
forthcoming
Throughout the twentieth century, critical art history often chose to ally itself with a restrictive brand of formalism. Therefore, critical analyses regularly reduced the artwork to its material and its social use. Based on this observation, historian Sebastian Egenhofer takes Deleuze's readings of philosophers as a starting point to renew the narrative of art history since the 1960s.

2017
English edition
forthcoming
With this essay, Ute Holl analyzes in detail and deep historical context major works by Freud, Schoenberg, Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, all inspired by the figure of Moses. The author offers a dynamic and comprehensive political and cultural theory of migration and violence.

2017
English edition
forthcoming
Why do computer games exist? A historical and epistemological study of the computer game.

2017
English edition
forthcoming
First of 29 volumes of Reiner Schuermann's so far unpublished lecture notes on the history of western thought, this publication traces the rise of self-consciousness in its modern form and function, with Luther as the central figure of Schuermann's study.

2017
French edition
forthcoming
The posthumous publication of the German philosopher: a major work on the collapse of Western philosophy and on the necessity to rethink the past to build the future.

2017
bilingual edition (English / German)
Diaphanes is a new bilingual English-German quarterly magazine with a focus on contemporary art, critical discourse, and multilingual fiction. This 2nd issue is dedicated thematically to the conjunctive binding of individuals within groups, collectives and swarms in the interplay between art and society, utopia and theater (with Artur Żmijewski, Mohamed Bourouissa, Jelili Atiku, Aernout Mik, Alexander García Düttmann, Mário Gomes, Eric Baudelaire, Agnieszka Kurant, Beni Bischof, Public Movement, Ann Cotten, Diane Williams, Stephen Barber, Clémentine Deliss, Milo Rau).

2017
bilingual edition (English / German)
This first issue features a special section dedicated to the work of Pierre Guyotat, including excerpts, an interview with Donatien Grau and drawings by Paul McCarthy. Also in this issue: Mike Wilson; Ute Holl; Haus Am Gern; Aya Momose; Mário Gomes; Marcus Quent; Julien Maret; Jason Swartz; Julian Röder; Peter Ott; Tyler Coburn; Francisco Sierras Malerei; Yves Netzhammer; Giovanna Marmo; Luc Meresma…

2017
English edition
temporarily out of stock
This study offers a reflexion on the complex temporality in the series Breaking Bad. The author develop her theories through examples coming from the show's various visual elements and masterful temporal and narrative structuring.

2016
English edition
temporarily out of stock
How to talk about his art as an artist? A series of discussions with Jan Verwoert and artists and composers of the Graduate School at the Berlin University of the Arts. In parallel, the book presents a careful selection of original artistic contributions by the participants.

2016
English edition
temporarily out of stock
Elisabeth Bronfen gives a clever analysis on one of the most influential show of the 21th century, arguing that, beyond the retro-revival, Mad Men builds a comment on the state of the US nation and on the mirage of the American Dream.

2016
English edition
temporarily out of stock
Between 1946 and 1953, the Macy Conferences brought together a diverse and interdisciplinary community of researchers who together developed the basics of the new science of cybernetics. This publication contains the complete transcription and protocols of all contributions of one of the most important event in the contemporary history of science.

2016
English edition
temporarily out of stock
British novelist Tom McCarthy questions the specific obsession with time in modern and contemporary literature, examining the works of Thomas Pynchon, J. G. Ballard, Maurice Blanchot, Thomas Mann, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, and William Faulkner. The essay is followed by a conversation with the author in which he discusses his own practice of writing.

2016
English edition
temporarily out of stock
The semi-autobiographical account of the life of a young German in the 1960s, between Germany, Israel, and The United States. First translation of philosopher Reiner Schürmann's only literary work, originally published in French in 1976.

2015
English edition
temporarily out of stock
Publication gathering a team of thinkers that confront one of the most crucial questions when dealing with the very definition, concept and operativity of art: How to link art to the concept of the contemporary?

2015
English edition
temporarily out of stock
Using Jérôme Bel's Disabled Theater as the basis for a broad, interdisciplinary discussion of performance and disability, this series of essays explores the intersections of politics and aesthetics, inclusion and exclusion, and identity and empowerment. Including interviews with Jérôme Bel and with the actors of Zurich's Theater HORA.

2015
English edition
temporarily out of stock
This collection of essays seeks to comprehensively address the concept of “neighborhood technologies” by establishing a platform for the thorough discussion of neighborhood concepts and notions across scientific cultures—e.g., computer science, mathematics, sociology, media and cultural studies, theater studies, and architecture.

2015
English edition
temporarily out of stock
A pioneering study in which professor of media theory Dieter Mersch paves the way for a methodology of aesthetics that would move beyond the “linguistic turn” to create a new scientific discourse that would create a better conceptual understanding of art-based research.

2015
English edition
temporarily out of stock
The first art-historical survey on the multidimensional work of Senegalese artist, curator, and cultural activist El Hadji Sy.

2014
English edition
temporarily out of stock
The photography book Kracauer. Photographic Archive is a collection of previously unpublished photographic material from the estate of the sociologist, journalist and film theorist Siegfried Kracauer.

2014
English edition
temporarily out of stock
In recent years, most diverse disciplines have been stressing the importance of matter within the web of relationships of culture and nature. This publication focuses on this new material phenomena in arts in relation to the humanities and social sciences and brings together contributions by academic staff at the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich as well as selected artistic work by students.

2014
texts in English and German
temporarily out of stock
This collection of essays explores the making and the reception of artifacts before the nineteenth century. It addresses media such as metal, wax, plaster, terracotta, textiles, marble, ivory, porcelain, canvases and tables in an attempt to re-assess the current identification of the mediality of prints with that of pre-modern “multiples” in general.

2014
English edition
temporarily out of stock
This publication investigates the historical accumulation and commodification of artefacts and the representation of the human body as seen on ethnographic photographs. New material developed out of artistic research in the Weltkulturen Labor is presented together with unpublished scientific photography. Extended conversations between internationally renowned anthropologists, art historians, curators and artists offer new connections between past and present. Foreign Exchange responds to current interest in the remediation of ethnographic collections, colonial history, historical archives, and interdisciplinary curatorial practice.

2013
English edition
temporarily out of stock
This volume brings together multidisciplinary essays dedicated to the question of how dance, both in its historical and in its contemporary manifestations, is intricately linked to conceptualisations of the political.

2011
English edition
temporarily out of stock
A confrontation of the works of Marx, Freud, and Lacan.

2011
English edition
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A collection of texts on the history of computing and its influence on science, in particular as a simulation tool.

2011
English edition
temporarily out of stock
This volume assembles articles that investigate the question of the possible and the impossible in politics. Discussing thinkers such as Agamben, Badiou, Foucault, and Debord, Beyond Potentialities? explores different perspectives and highlight the relevance of this issue for contemporary political thought.

2009
English edition
temporarily out of stock
This publication provides in two illustrated volumes a basis for developing theory and praxis of gallery education: an ideal resource for people working in the fields of curating exhibitions, youth work and cultural policy. The first volume gives a comprehensive and richly illustrated survey of formats and models of education and collaboration with the public at documenta 12.

2009
English edition
temporarily out of stock
This publication provides in two illustrated volumes a basis for developing theory and praxis of gallery education: an ideal resource for people working in the fields of curating exhibitions, youth work and cultural policy. The second volume focuses on a theory of gallery education, its methods and contexts, and reflects theoretically on examples presented in volume 1.