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Nº 280
Boundaries
Nov/Dec 2018

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.

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Current Issue

Nº 280
Boundaries
Nov/Dec 2018

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.

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Editorial:

Boundaries

Text: Stephan Ott

Translation: Nicholas Grindell

In a speech in a beer tent in Bavaria in August 2018, Horst Seehofer, Germany’s Federal Minister of the Interior, said he was glad about every foreigner who committed a criminal offense, because it would make it easier to deport that person. Coming from a senior government official, who is also a member of a party that calls itself Christian and social, such a statement is scandalous.

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Schönheitsfehler

Text: Carolin Blöink

Translation: Emily J. McGuffin

In times of computer-generated imagery (CGI), perfect surfaces, symmetrical figures, and clean edges are anything but a problem – in stark contrast to real life, where perfect execution is almost impossible. It is equally challenging to realistically represent natural imperfection within renderings and imbue the figures or objects that have been created with something characteristic without seeming too blatant.

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A Manifesto for the Rights of Things

Text: Marjanne van Helvert

Many humans are proud of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Drafted in 1948 and voted in by 48 of the 58 member states of the United Nations at the time, it is seen as a milestone in human civilisation. From then on, there was a blueprint for what it meant to be human, and for the quality of life all humans should strive for, for themselves and for each other.

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Konstruktive Bilderwelten
Red Square and Little Yellow

Text: Jörg Stürzebecher

When we speak of picture books, we usually mean children’s books. And we think of elephants, rabbits, moles, and caterpillars, of the sun, the moon, and the stars, and the wild things, of red tractors, jackhammers, and marvellous machines, of boats and stuff that girls like, of many things, exciting things, and almost always not so dangerous things, of solutions and happy ends.

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