Our Group Wourk. Ziga Testen, Peter Rauch, Cornelia Durka.

Posted in books, design, distribution, graphic design, history, writing on September 28th, 2013
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Our Group Wourk, Ziga Testen, Peter Rauch, Cornelia Durka.

‘Work’, how does one spell it even? There is only one way to describe what we did during that time, which is ‘to make things ours’, to be upfront about the collectivity, about the conditions of our output. 

It was our group, and hence what we announced to be presented in the exhibition at SKC in 1979 on that poster became part of our wourk. If you wish to argue that there is no meaning to be ascribed to that lapsus, so be it. But I was there, I saw our group wourk.

“Our Group Wourk” is an attempt to NOT write a biography of Yugoslavian graphic designer Dragan Stojanovski. Stojanovski was the in-house graphic designer at SKC Belgrade (student cultural centre), a state-funded cultural institution established after the 1968 student uprisings to contain, pacify and institutionalize student culture as an “organized alternative”. At the same time, it was a place of avant-garde experimentation and new forms of political activism and self-organization. Dunja Blazevic, a director of the visual arts department at the SKC in the 1970s refers to Stojanovski as Yugoslavia’s first conceptual designer.

This publication was prompted by conversations and encounters with Sasa Stojanovski, Biljana Tomic, Sklavko Timotijevic, Ljubinka Gavran, Milica Tomic, Slobodan Jovanovic and Dunja Blazevic with Ziga Testen, Peter Rauch and Cornelia Durka in Belgrade in April 2013.

Published by Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design.

If it wasn’t for the support of CuratorLab – Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, this publication would not have been possible.

Softcover, 80 pages.

Price: D €8

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Opening Week: A Platform for Art/Theory/Design. Jan van Eyck Alumni Association e.V.

Posted in art, design, Motto Berlin event, Theory on July 9th, 2013


17.07.2013. 19:00. Motto Berlin.

Opening Week: A Platform for Art/Theory/Design. Jan van Eyck Alumni Association e.V.

In times when norms of commerce and technology seem to pervade all activities, the example of the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht stands out. Until its recent entrepreneurial recasting under austerity programmes, the Academie had been a site of encounters which had surpassed the sterile confines of academia and the consensual norms of market-oriented work, as it welcomed examinations and radical critiques of the spaces of artistic creation, theoretical inquiry and design, while also questioning the relations and boundaries between these fields. Building upon this experience, while at the same time surpassing its institutional limitations, it is our intention to construct a platform for collaboration between theorists, designers and artists, by suspending the borders between their respective disciplines, by affirming the need for collective and experimental work, by engaging in projects which do not shy away from questioning the very possibilities of different domains, whether aesthetic, scientific or political. Within the framework of a three-day inaugural meeting, we will present and discuss works in design, art and theory by those formerly related to or supporting the Academie as well as others who are joining us. A series of lectures and performances, seminars and screenings, as well as displays of works and book presentations will serve us, in this sense, not only as materials for a broader discussion, but also as a nucleus for future collaborative work.

Organized by the Jan van Eyck Alumni Association e.V. in cooperation with the ICI Berlin Kulturlabor, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Motto Berlin and the Silberkuppe Gallery.

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Art Review #67

Posted in art, design, magazines on April 5th, 2013
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Art Review #67

April 2013

Berlin: The final installment of our three-part guide to the city’s art scene.

Wolfgang Tillmans: The World Through My Lens

Design: A special focus on the relationship between design and art, featuring Maurizio Cattelan, Karl Lagerfed, Konstantin Grcic and many more.

D 9.50€

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Le catalogue et ses hybrides / The Catalog’s Mongrels. Charlotte Cheetham. officeabc.

Posted in books, design, graphic design on March 27th, 2013


Le catalogue et ses hybrides / The Catalog’s Mongrels. Charlotte Cheetham. officeabc.

Le catalogue et ses hybrides / The Catalog’s Mongrels is a proposal of one possible way to document/trace the same name exhibition.

The exhibitions The Catalog and its hybrids – curated by Charlotte Cheetham – introduced publishing projects reflecting the diversity of publications that are associated with the exhibition context… The catalog of the project, designed by officeabc, tries to embody its own statement…

These printed sites of encounter – a format of interaction between an art space (art center, gallery, museum…), a curator, an artist, a graphic designer, a theorist… – question, particularly, the potential of the book object to be an alternative to the exhibition space.

From a documental object – the catalogue – to a composite printed form – the artist book – some of these publications offer a more complex treatment of the documentation of artistic production and curatorial practices.

A source, trace or extension of the ephemeral, each of these printed experiences, which are reactivated at each new reading, constitute an alternative space of living memory, a new context for the existence of a work of art.

– Introduction & Promenade (Charlotte Cheetham)
– A kind of bibliography The Catalog and its hybrids
– An extract of the The Catalog and its hybrids collection
– Seth Siegelaub: to exhibit, to publish… (Jérôme Dupeyrat)
– A case of tic, tac, toe et Notes about a flyer (officeabc)

• a tumblr bookmark
• sticker Museum of Museum
• cards “teaser/clue to a catalogue”

Design: officeabc
Typography: Devanture par Sarah Kremer
Translation: Mafalda Dâmaso & officeabc
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Fully Booked: Ink on Paper, Design and Concepts for New Publications. Die Gestalten Verlag.

Posted in books, design, graphic design, typography on March 9th, 2013


Fully Booked: Ink on Paper, Design and Concepts for New Publications. Die Gestalten Verlag.

Fully Booked: Ink on Paper is a showcase of innovative books and other print products at the vanguard of a new era for printed publications—one that is likely to be the most exciting in their entire history.

This book is structured into five chapters that each represent a key role that print plays today: The Storyteller, The Showmaster, The Teacher, The Businessman, and The Collector. From personal projects with the smallest print runs to premium artist books or brand publications, the selection of work presented here celebrates the tactile experience. Featuring innovative printing and binding techniques as well as radical editorial and design concepts, this work explores the distinctiveness of design, materials, workmanship, and production methods—and pushes their limits.

Editors: R. Klanten, M. Hübner, A. Losowsky
Release Date: February 2013
Credits: Preface and chapter introductions by Andrew Losowsky
Format: 24 × 30 cm
Features: 272 pages, full color, hardcover
Language: English
ISBN: 978-3-89955-464-9

Price: 44€

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Notes From a Revolution: Com/Co, The Diggers & The Haight. David Hollander & Kristine McKenna. Foggy Notion Books & Fulton Ryder, Inc.

Posted in books, design, history, politics, theatre on March 9th, 2013
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Notes From a Revolution: Com/Co, The Diggers & The Haight. David Hollander & Kristine McKenna. Foggy Notion Books & Fulton Ryder, Inc.

The social upheaval of the sixties gave rise to many fascinating coalitions and communes, but the Diggers, a little-known and short-lived group, stand apart from them all. Formed in Haight-Ashbury in 1966 by members of R. G. Davis’s subversive theater company, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Diggers took their name from the English Diggers, a seventeenth century agrarian collective devoted to creating a utopian society free of ownership and commerce.

The San Francisco Diggers – under the leadership of Peter Berg, Emmett Grogan, Peter Coyote, and Billy Murcott – were true anarchists, with roots in the Theater of the Absurd, Existentialism, and strategies of direct action. They coined slogans designed to prod people into participating and staged art happenings, public interventions, and street theater infused with wicked humor. The Diggers also provided free food, clothing, medical care and lodging to anyone in need as part of their effort to create a unified and mutually supportive community.

A critically important part of their methodology were the hundreds of broadsides that they regularly produced and distributed throughout the Haight, printed by the Communication Company, a maverick, short-lived publishing outfit founded by Chester Anderson and Claude Hayward. A selection of these graphically inventive, lacerating and sometimes funny broadsides are gathered together for the first time in Notes From a Revolution, which offers a fascinating and oddly moving record of the counterculture in its early bloom.

Edited by David Hollander
& Kristine McKenna
Introduction by Peter Coyote
Essay by Naomi Wolf
Conversation with Claude Hayward
by Kristine McKenna
Flexi-bound / 8 1/2 x 11″
/ 176 pages / 150 color images
ISBN 978-0-9835870-3-3

Published by Foggy Notion Books
in partnership with Fulton Ryder, Inc.

Price: €42.50

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The Shelf Journal #2. Shelf-Publishing.

Posted in books, design, graphic design, magazines, typography on February 8th, 2013
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The Shelf Journal #2. Shelf-Publishing.

In this issue:

Derek Birdsall, Interview. – Books which affected the career and life of the famous British book designer.

Stanley Morison & Maximilien Vox, A Frenchman’s view of British typography and vice-versa.

Patricia Belen & Grey D’Onofrio, Elaine Lustig Cohen: The Art of Modern Graphics.

The “club of clubs”, Culture Club – Discussion about French book clubs.

Sebastien Hayez, Four Aces. – Modernism development of graphic design through four design magazine’s issue number 1.

Hugo Hoppmann & Mirko Borsche, The Designing Art Director – Conversation.

The Shelf Journal, A fly on the wall in the printing shop. – Report on printing techniques, supported by examples.

About The Shelf:

“Why start a paper journal about books at a time when the internet is calling into question the average Westerner’s innate materialism, and at a time when the price of a book-as-object puts off devotees of free knowledge on the net? What is becoming of bound volumes today – that foundation of our society, those keepers of our history?

With the dematerialisation of editorial content, the practice of design within books is taking on an even more important dimension. Whether insignificant objects or works of art in their own right, books create through their different forms and stories a unique bond with those who read, consult and own them. This almost physical connection was the reason for creating The Shelf Journal.

 Part place of worship and reflection for paper lovers, part experimental platform for designers, typographers and other graphic designers, The Shelf Journal explores the essence of our libraries’ charm: the limitless variations in form of this unique object.”

122 pages
English and French
ISBN: 9782954065618

D 20€

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Bauhaus Magazine #4

Posted in design, distribution, magazines, writing on December 14th, 2012
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Bauhaus Magazine #3
Die Bauhausfotografie steht im Mittelpunkt der vierten Ausgabe der Zeitschrift bauhaus, die von der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau herausgegeben wird. Parallel zur Ausstellung „Das Bauhaus im Bild. Die Fotosammlung Thomas Walther“, die vom 5. Dezember 2012 bis zum 24. Februar 2013 in Dessau zu sehen ist, widmet sich das Heft der lichtkünstlerischen Hinterlassenschaft des Bauhauses. Da sind die bildgebende Fotografie eines László Moholy-Nagy, für den die Arbeit mit der Kamera die Verbildlichung einer Idee war und eben nicht die Abbildung einer Wirklichkeit. Seinem Antipoden Walter Peterhans ging es hingegen um nichts anderes als die präzise Vermessung der Wirklichkeit. T- Lux Feininger wiederum interessierte sich für den sozialen Augenblick, Umbo für das Porträt und die Reportagefotografie. Das von Moholy ausgerufene Neue Sehen kannte viele Facetten, ungewöhnliche Blickwinkel und Perspektiven.

The fourth issue of the new Bauhaus Dessau Foundation’s new journal is dedicated to photography at the Bauhaus and exclusively features twenty-six works from Thomas Walther’s collection that one day will expand the collection in Dessau. An interview with the collector Thomas Walther and an accompanying essay by Rolf Sachsse on the history of collecting Bauhaus photography open the issue. Wolfgang Thöner describes the Dessau masters’ home for László Moholy-Nagy and Lyonel Feininger as the nucleus of Bauhaus photography, and Torsten Blume devotes himself to the photo albums of students and teachers at the Bauhaus that have shaped its identity. Gottfried Jäger remembers Moholy-Nagy as the “Leonardo of the twentieth century,” and Franziska Brons writes about the early days of aerial photography. Plus a magazine section: Fifty years of Gropiusstadt, gleanings from documenta from the perspective of the Bauhaus, and Marcel Breuer and eroticism. Forthcoming

Ausgabe 4 Dezember 2012
160 Pages

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Neapolis. ILL Studio

Posted in art, books, design, distribution, photography on December 11th, 2012

. Curated & published by Ill-Studio

Featuring works & words by :
Rick Owens, Taro Hirano, François Chaignaud, Jean-Max Colard, Aaron Young, Camille Vivier, Michael Heizer, Bertrand Lavier, Dan Colen, Jérémie Egry, Aurélien Arbet, David Luraschi, Jerry Hsu, Audrey Corregan, Erik Haberfeld, Eric Tabuchi, Bertrand Trichet, Yann Gross, Keegan Walker, Estelle Hanania, Mike Davis, Andrew Phelps, Tony Smith, Andrew Lewicki, Barbara Bloom, Paul Virilio, Sébastien Carayol, Vincent Lamouroux, Robert Kinmont, Elisabeth Ballet, Helmut Smits, Wilfrid Almendra, Sol LeWitt, Johannes Wohnseifer, Mark Gonzales, Laurent Perbos, Alicja Kwade, Mounir Fatmi, Ugo La Pietra, Sandrine Pelletier, Tere Recarens, Erwin Wurm, David Le Breton, Raphaël Zarka, (…)

English Text only — Edition of 500 copies
D 35€

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In a Manner of Reading Design (The Blind Spot). Katja Gretzinger (Hg.). Sternberg Press

Posted in design, writing on November 28th, 2012
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In a Manner of Reading Design (The Blind Spot) by Katja Gretzinger (Hg.)

What we perceive and think of as “true” is widely influenced by our knowledge—carrying with it implicit conceptions we are not aware of. Design, as a planned action, is necessarily both theory and practice. It brings together thinking and everyday objects and therefore ingrains itself in the contexts we are all living in. Yet, being largely unreflected on, design is likely to simply affirm societal norms instead of questioning them. If design aims at taking a critical stance, it needs to change its acquaintance with knowledge and develop its own discourse to understand the underlying conceptions that are at play.

The metaphor of the “blind spot” proposes the perspective of looking at what is implicit or unnoticed in our perception. By doing so, it seeks to open up common readings of what design is and can do. The montage of texts featured here includes diverse voices and readings, meant to create a space in which debate can unfold, a debate that considers the impossibility of an unbiased position and as such reminds us of our dependence on the other in any conception—and any project design might aspire to.

Contributions by Ruth Buchanan, Helmut Draxler, Faculty of Invisibility, Katja Gretzinger, Rama Hamadeh, Claudia Mareis, Doreen Mende.

D 18 €

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