With a longing gaze mankind is looking to the horizon.
A place of hope, the destination of the pursuit of happiness, the unexplored frontier, a symbol for the unknown, calculable but not existent, a non-place, located in a utopia, unreachable yet so close. With each step the horizon moves ahead, always with us, always away from us. The horizon is the last limitation, it forms the threshold between the visible and the invisible, reality and fantasy, between immanence and transcendence. It is the purview of the individual reality of every human being where nothingness lies across. We're not able to look behind the curtain which covers the world beyond our world. But if we change our prospect transcending the horizon becomes possible.
AM—XX is the attempt to trespass the limiting sphere and to
observe the unobservable.
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It is the 20th Issue of the Akademische Mitteilungen.
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The horizon is a place where the mathematical and the metaphysical, the phenomenological and the philosophical coalesce. At that point where the earth appears to merge with the sky, on the border that roams and that can never be reached, in that place that can be so crucial for survival – always withdrawing as it is approached – certainty and uncertainty intertwine. Our fascination with the horizon, which inspires countless visual charges, arises from an excess of meaning that is linked to the impossibility of arriving at a clear determination that would correspond to a distinct separation by an obvious line in the distance. The sky separates itself from the landscape in a manner that is just as exact as that place is intangible.
Jürgen Werner is a german Philosopher and Writer. He is teaching rhetoric and philosophy at the University of Witten/Herdecke and writes essays about social and economical topics. He is living and working in Frankfurt, Germany.
The Tantamount series is a collection of found imagery computationally altered by
Jonathan Keller Keller is working at the intersection of craft, collection, and computation, Keller seeks to transcend and transform everyday digital elements through obsessive, iterative, and generative processes. He is living and working in Homer, Alaska.
The blue sky above us is the optical layer of the atmosphere, the great lens of the terrestrial globe, its brilliant retina.
From ultra-marine, beyond the sea, to ultra-sky, the horizon divides opacity from transparency. It is just one small step from earth-matter to space-light – a leap or a take-off able to free us for a moment from gravity.
Paul Virilio is a French cultural theorist and urbanist. He is best known for his writings about technology as it has developed in relation to speed and power, with diverse references to architecture, the arts, the city and the military. He is living and working in Paris.
Geert Goiris is a belgian photographer who is best known for his surreal images of distant landscapes and decaying or idiosyncratic architecture. His images are often haunting and convey a sense of wonder, isolation, and timelessness. He is living and working in Antwerpen, Belgium.
In 2009 Belgian photographer Geert Goiris undertook an expedition to Antarctica. During the travel with a crew of scientists he got into the »Whiteout« phenomenon, which is a rarely seen, mind-confusing meteorological anomaly.
Dutch graphic designer Joost Grootens is best known for his atlases and is a renowned Book-designer. He is also teaching information design at the Design Academy Eindhoven. He is living and working in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Dutch based designer Joost Grootens is a specialist in designing books and atlases. His work reflects a perception of a nation that is artificially forming the land it lives on. In our Interview Grootens talks about his views on maps and the future of information design.
Fear of the Foreigner gets imaginations running wild. Prejudice and resentment determine our idea of the Foreigner, a figure who is suddenly no longer somewhere far away in the distance but who is present at close proximity in our neighbourhoods. The metaphor of the illusory giant conveys this perception perfectly.
Martin Kollar is a slovakian photographer and cinematographer. His photographs are known for their subtle, humorous, intriguing and often ominous atmosphere. He is living and working in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Field Trip arose from the major international project This Place, which was initiated by the French photographer Frédéric Brenner. Along with Martin Kollar, Frédéric Brenner has invited ten other photographers to Israel and the Palestinian territories to take photos. The aim in doing so was to explore the region with a perspective that went beyond media demands and to create unusual pictures.
Once refugees have arrived in the EU their asylum proceedings must, in accordance with the Dublin III Regulations, take place in the country where the asylum seeker first entered the EU. Deportation procedures (e.g. to Hungary or Bulgaria) arising from this regulation have come under intense criticism because of the exposure of refugees to human rights violations in those countries.
Ábel Szalontai is a hungarian photographer and the director of the Media Ins- titute of Moholy-Nagy Design University Budapest. Known as a documentarist, he is the photographer of the nature, people and places from China to Ireland. He is living and working in Budapest, Hungary.
Sarah Luzia Huber
To go beyond the ultimate horizon and then come back, to be free for once of all physical limitations. What happens to our consciousness at that moment in which we leave the world of the living?
The Observer‘s Horizon
On the History of the Perception and Representation of a Natural Phenomenon. It’s always there whenever we look into the distance. The horizon is an object of human perception that we are so familiar with that we tend to forget the deeply subjective aspect of this universally shared visual experience.
Nils Büttner studied art history, ethnic studies and classical archaeology. He is teaching history of art at the SAdBK Stuttgart. He is living and working in Stuttgart, Germany.
Flying through space on this Earth of ours as if it were an enormous spaceship – this notion has been a prevalent one since even before the pictures of the Apollo mission granted us the first views of an earthrise over the lunar horizon.
Niklaus Troxler is a swiss graphic designer and the founder of the »Jazzfestival Willisau«. He is best known for his posters which are represented in renowned
design collections worldwide, including MoMA. He is a former professor of the State Academy of Arts and Design Stuttgart.
Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, artist and author. His work appeared in »The New Yorker«, »Time«, »Wired« and »The New York Times Magazine«.
He is currently living and working in Berlin, Germany.
Nicholas Blechman is an internationally recognized illustrator, designer and art director, based in New York. He is currently the Art Director of »The New York Times Book Review«.
Thomas Fuchs is an illustrator and graphic designer. His illustrations were published in magazines such as »The New York Times«, »Wirtschaftswoche«, »GQ« and »FAZ«. He is living and working in Berlin, Germany.
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