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Inspired by the question “Trans-what?,” issue zero endeavors to embody an answer by presenting a transdisciplinary, transcontinental and transfixing approach which began with a symposium at the Transartfest Triennale 2013 in Berlin. Using the prefix “trans,” often indicating “across” or “beyond,” as an evocative point of reference, ELSE spans multiple subjects, mediums and fields of study from thought-provoking scholarly essays to transcendent art, even to video work. As the premiere issue is published in an online format, ELSE’s editors and peer-reviewers carefully curated its content with a bold sense of experimentation and exploration. ELSE’s issue zero includes essays with new and innovative methods of research and thought such as James Layton’s consideration of the transformative power of Robert Wilson’s site-specific performance Walking, Alanna Lockward’s investigation of Sammy Baloji’s Memoire and Wolfgang Sützl’s philosophical analysis of sharing. From Cara DeAngelis’s road kill and pop culture-filled still lifes that humorously subvert 17th-century hunting tableaus to Ato Malinda’s conceptually rich and emotionally devastating video piece Mourning a Living Man, ELSE also features emerging artists alongside illuminating explanations of their own work, providing a conceptual basis to the visual aspects of the journal.