Cluster 7 – Defining boundaries of experimentation

When presented with an open slot of time that could be filled with anything – how does one even begin to decide what to put in that slot?

Our very first meeting made it clear to us that freedom can be a tricky thing. Sometimes, boundaries can be crucial in terms of generating substance and propelling action. But where do we draw our boundaries and for what purposes?

Can rules themselves be made into a framework for freedom, and if so: to what extent do we need limitations in order to make use of our freedom?

Throughout our conversations in the cluster, rules, rule-breaking, limits, boundaries, borders, frameworks, rebellion and discipline have emerged as central subjects. As a group, can we make use of this as a conceptual delimitation, to inform our work within this experimental project? Will we stay within our self-produced bounds or make use of the boundaries to more effectively break free from other forms of bondage?

And what happens when we cross the lines we ourselves, or others, have set up?

Borders (“gränser”) have emerged as an important, recurring theme in our conversations. Perhaps, we have debated, the boundaries we set in relation to others can be productive, through the way that they produce lines which we can attempt to cross. Having a clear understanding of what phenomenologically separates “me” from “the other” might actually generate better grounds for debate, than indulging in discourse within the own circle of similar thinkers. The hard line between two separate states of being might be more effective in establishing grounds for growth than two similar thoughts intertwining?

By crossing lines, might we become more aware of the ways we scrutinise and judge the behaviours of others?