thresholds is a scholarly zine for creative criticism. It takes as its motivating image the threshold, an unruly site of crossings and chance encounters where habits break and strangers meet.
The zine make the threshold material in its experimental design. A central "split" runs down the length of each piece. Imagine it as the gutter of a book, or a cinematic split-screen; it cracks open the essay form, revealing the text as a dynamic field of play and difference. We collaborate closely with our contributors to custom-design each piece, before stitching together each essay to form the issue. The result is creative-critical digital handiwork, a hand-stitched sampler of texts and ideas that the reader navigates horizontally by bumping left or right, one half-screen at a time. While each contribution can stand alone, the intentional design of thresholds makes them a part of something bigger: a tangle of text and image and movement where the seams between each individual work become as important as the texts themselves.
thresholds launched in July 2017 with a pilot issue featuring fresh work by Lauren Berlant, Pinar Yoldas, Mark Amerika, Charles Bernstein, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Dominic Pettman, amongst others. The second issue, "Traces," is a carefully-curated collective reading of the work of German media theorist Siegfried Zielinski.