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Max Borka

Max Borka

Manager at Mapping The Design World

Oostende, Flemish Region

Max Borka was born in Belgium, lives in Berlin, Germany, and mainly works as a journalist, critic, teacher, consultant, copywriter and writer of books, curator of exhibitions and events on art, architecture, fashion and design. As a former director of the Interieur Foundation and Biennial in Kortrijk, Belgium, and co-founder of Damn° magazine, he recently launched Mapping the Design World, a platform on Social Design, and currently teaches Design Theory at the Fachhochschule Potsdam/Berlin.

+ Publications include:
- The Power of Object(s), Design Bestsellers in Belgium, ING (B), 2014;
- Form Follows Foco, 100 Snapshots of Guerilla Survival Props, Walking Chair Studio, Vienna (AU), 2013;
- Mapping The Design World: 100 examples of Social Design, Reciprocity Biennial for Social Innovation, Liège (B), 2012;
- Totem & Taboo, MuseumsQuartier Vienna (AU),2011;
- Art of the Loom, Medium (B),2010;
- Spagat! Design Istanbul Tasarimi. MARTa museum, Herford & Kerber (D), 2010;
- Danny Venlet. Stichting Kunstboek (B). 2009;
- Nullpunkt, Nieuwe German Gestaltung. Kerber (D), 2008;
- Marti Guixé, Open End. Stichting Kunstboek (B), 2008;
- Big Game, Stichting Kunstboek (B), 2008;
- Arne Quinze, Works. Gestalten (D), 2008;
- Arne Quinze, Cityscape. Gestalten (D) 2007.
- Elke Krystufek: Liquid Logic, Hatje Cantz (D), 2007;
- Koen Theys, bkSM (B), 2006;
- Jo Crepain, architect, ‘73-’03. Stichting Kunstboek, (B). 2003;
- Catalogues Interieur Biennials 2000 and 2002. (B); `
- The Unexpected: Artists’ Ceramics. Kruithuis Museum (NL), 1999.
- Believe. On fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck, Museum Boijmans-Van Beuningen (NL). 1999;
- Washington Velvets. On artist Berlinde De Bruyckere (US), 1996.

+ Exhibitions and events include: Interieur Biennial 2000 and 2002 (B), designbrussels 2004-2007 (B), Nullpunkt, Nieuwe German Gestaltung, 2009 & Spagat! Design Istanbul Tasarimi, Marta Museum (D), 2010, Refugium. Berlin as a Design Principle, Berlin, 2013.


  • Journalist, critic, writer and curator of books and exhibitions on Art, Architecture & Design (-)
  • Speaker, moderator, panelist and member of the jury (Symposia, debates, competitions, workshops, and other events)
  • Manager (Mapping The Design World)
  • (Independent) Curator (Marta Herford museum, Museum Der Dinge Berlin, Walking Chair Gallery, Vienna & Reciprocity Liège)
  • Lecturer (Fachhochschule Potsdam)


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