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SOFA magazine issue 02, Cyberlove

Author
VVAA
Publisher / Label
editionmessner
Country
Germany
Language
English
Publication year
2017
Type of publication
Magazines
Number of pages
94

Index

ISSUE 02
WHAT YOU’RE IN FOR
HELLO

Hello from Sofa
p. 5
Caia HageI & Ricarda 
Messner say a Cyber-
love Hello.

COLUMN
Hello from Natasha
p. 6
Our issue II guest editor 
Natasha Lennard says 
Hi and shares her take on 
cyberlove.

COLUMN
Sofa Hangout
p. 12
Features tunes and video-
games curated by gamer 
Brie Code and a movie 
quizzlet by our SOFA film 
buff Hannah Sioda.

COLUMN
Cyberlove, Decoded
p. 14

Natasha, our guest editor, 
Invites friends onto the 
Digital SOFA to gchat 
about what cyberloving 
means to them.
Words: Natasha Lennard, 
Moira Weigel,
Mychal Denzel Smith,
& Chelsea G.Summers

COLUMN
DOKTOR CHARLOTTE
p. 23
SOFA’s in-house Doktor 
Charlotte shrinks statis-
tics on digital love and 
contemporary sexiness. 
Words: Charlotte 
Wiedemann; Illustrations: 
Yashasvi Mattis

BEDROOM

LAST MESSAGES
p. 28
Screenshots of texts that 
people have received as 
their last love messages. 
Source:
lastmessagesreceived.
tumblr.com

COLUMN
FASHION FUTURISM
p. 29

Fashion’s ability to pre-
dict the future is given the 
respect it deserves.
Right now, all eyes are on 
the sleeve, which is get-
ting longer and longerrrr. 
Words: Caia Hagel

SEXFILE SEV
p. 30
A sort-of-asexual gay 
Millennial shares his take 
on today’s cybersexuality. 
Words: Sev Astor 
Photos: Amanda Vincelli

FEAR & LOATHING
ON THE CYBERLOVE
HIGHWAY
p. 32
A witty and honest 
dispatch about our most 
humiliating Internet 
behaviors while search-
ing for love.
Words: Matthieu Morge 
Zucconi; Illustration:
Jan Buchczik

IN SNAPCHAT WE TRUST
p. 33
We all have a crush on 
Snapchatting but it’s 
actually the safest form 
of saucy.
Words: Jenny Davis 

INSTAGRAM DIARY
p. 34
Sometimes getting 
naked on Instagram is 
not only a digital strip-
tease but a non-verbal 
portal to our soul.
Words: Rachel Rabbit 
White; Illustration:
Adrien Tison

THE ART OF WEBCAM SEX
p. 35
There is more to web-
cam sex than flaunting 
ourselves in front of 
the cam. Alisa shares tips 
and explains why it’s an 
art in itself.
Words: Alisa Camp, 
Illustration: Adrien Tison

WHAT'S A NUDE 
BETWEEN FRIENDS?
p. 37
Our guest editor Natasha 
chats to her BFF 
Alana about their sisterly 
(and sometimes nude) 
cyberlove.
Words: Natasha Lennard, 
Alana Massey 
Illustration: Adrien Tison

SOFA FICTION
p. 38
VR futurama will never 
be the same after this wild 
fictional sexcapade. 
Words: Kurt McVey, 
Photos: Nikola Tamindzic

COLUMN
TRASHLAND
p. 45
Removing the hierarchies 
between what’s deemed 
“high” and “low” in 
culture is our way of 
transforming the smutty, 
trashy and taboo in our
daily consumption
into forms of unfamiliar 
wisdom. Trump has ar-
rived and it could be
that it was written in the
stars of RuPaul's Drag 
Race: All Stars.
Words: Caia Hagel,
Konrad Kardashian
& Ricarda Messner 
via Skype

CONTENTS
SOFAH is devoted to our mushrooming digital lives and our experiences inside them.
As always on the SOFA platforms, it’s healthy to disagree, as long as we listen to each other.
Our byline Life is a Chatroom embraces the fact that communication in its many contemporary forms is the currency the most influence on change.

BUSINESS

SENTIMENTAL MACHINES
p.48
Digital empathy exists
between humans 
and machines. Christian 
and Daniela tell Siri
"l love you”. 
Words: Daniela Silvestrin 
& Christian Rauch

CALIFORNIA DREAMING
p. 50
Our everyday Internet
lives lay in the privileged 
techy hands of Silicon 
Valley’s elite. 
Words: Aaron Bornstein 
Illustration: Per Tornberg

REORGANIZING
OUR DIGITAL SMUT
p. 53
How porn companies are 
changing the industry's
vocabulary, and porn it-
self for a greater diversity.
Words: Natasha Lennard

AMATEUR ART REVIEW
p. 56
If art makes you cry, it's
good art - as our author
discovers when she 
stumbles upon Hanne 
Darboven’s posthumous 
oeuvre in Chelsea. 
Words: Erin O’Connor

NON-AMATEUR 
ART REVIEW
p. 57
What is missing in the 
Trump Tower Penthouse?
Art of course! 
Words: Thibaut de Ruyter

FASHION 
CYBERDREAMS
p. 58
Ande, Jane, Mayowa and 
Marc have arrived in the 
post-race-post-gender 
dreamworld to dial us in 
to fruitful cyberdreaming 
Photography: Alexander 
Coggin; Styling: Viviane 
Hausstein

COLUMN
SOFA OBSERVATORY
p. 70
Beware: fake news and 
hashtags infiltrate our 
intimate Internet worlds 
vying to influence us. 
Words: The Editorialists 
Illustrations:
Ben Mendelewicz

COLUMN
FLIX FILOSOFIE
p. 74
Hannah, our film philoso-
phy student and in-house 
flix guru, looks at the 
importance of remember-
ing to forget in a digital 
era where almost nothing 
disappears.
Words: Hannah Sioda

ACTIVISM

BITNATION
p. 78
How would the world look 
without nation state 
borders, in cybersocieties 
that we create ourselves? 
Q & A with Bitnation's 
founder, Susanne 
Tarkowski Tempelhof 
& Caia Hagel

DIGITAL SWISS
ARMY KNIFE
p. 82
Nelson sheds light on 
Wechat China to describe 
its role in the commercial 
revolution of Shanghai. 
Words: Nelson Ng, 
Illustration:
Errol Richardson

A VIRTUAL COVEN
p. 84
Liba tells the story of her 
virtual meditation group. 
Words: Liba Waring 
Stambollion; Illustration: 
Mirko Cresta

MATH & LOVE
p. 85
A poetic rant on love in a 
world where math is too 
often the ruling power. 
Words: Andre Harris

COLUMN
SNACK TIME WITH GG
p. 86
SOFA’S own snack eater 
talks digital spirituality 
in LA while enjoying some
Chinese prawn crackers 
Words: Grashina 
Gahelmann

COLUMN 
THE HUNGRY FOR
FORTUNE FORTUNE
COOKIE
p. 87
The HFF Q& A with 
galerist Sebastian Hoffmam.

COLUMN
DIRTY PILLOW TALK
p. 88
What is the Orgasm 
Gap? It’s the hippest (and 
hottest) new frontier of 
activism.
Q & A with Caia Hagel 
& Lisa Wad;, Illustration: 
Helene Jeudy

SLEEP HYGIENE
p. 91
Trolling the trolls and 
diving into cyberhate is a 
source, to an artist called 
Zu, for writing provoca-
tive songs.
Q & A: SOFA with Zu from 
Sleep Hygiene; Visuals: 
Laura Knoops

COLUMN
SOFA INNOVATOR
p. 94
Our pin up is a woman 
who turned her years 
of being digitally slut-
shamed into serious cred 
and creed. We love you 
Monica Lewinsky.
Words: Ricarda Messner

GLOSSARY
p. 94
Net lingo is a whole new 
language. If you don’t 
get a term, we have likely 
defined it here :)