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.


The publication has been released on the 22nd of May 2015.

It is the 20th Issue of the Akademische Mitteilungen.

Research, editorial and design was realised by Benedikt Eisenhardt and Magnus Wiedenmann.


Read more about the content and the contributing artists of this magazine.


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.


The Tantamount series is a collection of found imagery computationally altered by

Open Sky

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.

Whiteness Report

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.

Horizon: Uncharted

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.

Tur Tur

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.


Field Trip

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.

Lost Lives

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.

Limbus Pineale

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.

Spaceship Earth

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.






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