Lines forge design. We demarcate space in order to shape our world, to define systems from the microscopic to the celestial, to understand scale. Yet drawing a line, a most basic human endeavor, can be exceptionally complicated. Static marks are often rendered transitory in an ever-shifting world, subject as they are to geological, political, social or biological sabotage. Whether blurred or accentuated, representational or manifest, intentional or happenstance, delineations in the landscape are consequential.
In exploring the ideas, designs and stories posed by the contributors to this issue, we were as struck by the range of lines conceived as by their common threads. In the following pages, you will find borders—remembered, forgotten and imagined. Along these edges, questions arise when rigid boundaries collide with amorphous spaces. The winds of change create novel trajectories for all beings. And, in the end, when we are mindful enough to see, we can find answers in the relation of our own bodies to these contours.
In bringing together these voices, we sought to investigate one of the most fundamental tools at our disposal, hoping to shed light on the ways we alter space from the ground up. Though ostensibly simple, drawing the line is anything but. We hope Issue 05 | DELINEATIONS will inspire you to redefine the line.