Reversibility and Form
2021, 40 pages
21 x 29,7 cm
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The second issue explores how reversibility often intersects with alternative methods of thinking. For Greek-German artist Michail Pirgelis, who designed the cover for this issue, reversibility is analogous to the joker from a pack of playing cards. In a series of short texts, Haydée Touitou and Colin Stokes introduce the concept of tongue and cheek language through a poem of palindromes, as well as a satirical list of mundane objects, paired with performative photographs of Fischli/Weiss Equilibrium series. Joana Avillez finds childlike humor through her comic strip illustrations titled “Bloomerang”. In Tobias Hoffknecht’s mirrored renderings, microcosms are created through perspectives that continuously change. In a 1997 interview between Andrea Zittel and Theodora Vischer, simplicity and adaptability is at the core of multifunctional design, while Giorgio Mastinu explores the multifunctional design of Enzo Mari. Restoration and notes on climate solutions by Laura Kugel and Quincy Childs speak to the notion of how time can play a vital role in reversibility. Wade Guyton who expanded the idea of painting by using digital technologies, creates a mirrored canvas, parallel to Duncan Hannah’s painting of Italian film star Laura Antonelli looking into a mirror wearing only a négligée. As this issue makes clear through essays and images, reversibility not only provides us with a sense of freedom, but it also creates numerous possibilities through new solutions. This sentiment is perhaps best summarized by Quincy Childs “What are the directives for reversible design?” The possibilities are seemingly endless.