09 October 2018


form Nº 280.

Mads Pankow is right when he states in our current issue that “boundaries have always had a bad reputation”. Nevertheless, we need them, “if not just to be able to overstep them”. In form 280 we explore the different functions of borders, their advantages and disadvantages as well as thepossibility of doing away with them.


In the introductory article “There Are no Boundaries” Mads Pankow leads us through the history of the creation of borders as we know them today. While questioning their actual existence on the one hand, he also points out the usefulness of drawing boundaries for creating order in the world.

This is because the removal of boundaries, as Hans Ulrich Reck diagnoses in his article “Living in the Black Box” in connection with our life driven by the smartphone, among other things, can also lead to the loss of (spatial) orientation. A state that is not irreversible, but changing it would require us not to ignore existing boundaries.

As helpful as boundaries can be for orientation, they can become destructive if the link between those things that are different cannot be seen. It is for this reason that Marjanne van Helvert in her “Manifesto for the Rights of Things” argues for the introduction of basic rights for animals, plants, and objects, which can lead to a better coexistence for all on this planet.

It is serious when boundaries exist which, as in the case of the Internet or so-called cyberspace, are not visible as such to the user. In her article “Virtual Boundaries”, Giovanna Reder reveals the limits that international companies and states set to their own advantage, while at the same time massively restricting the freedom of each individual.


In addition, in this issue, we present projects that promote integrative design for people with disabilities, discuss the untapped potential of hyperlinks in the organisation of knowledge, investigate the relationship between design and mathematics and, in the Material section, discuss the role of materials in digital image worlds that make an impression with their hyperrealism.


Three articles from this issue are available to read, with additional image material, on our website. These are “Schönheitsfehler – Constructing Imperfection”, the already mentioned text “A Manifesto for the Rights of Things” and the article “Konstruktive Bilderwelten – Red Square and Little Yellow” from the Archive section, which throws the spotlight on the history of the picture book beyond straightforward children’s books.


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