Infrastructure Canada Book Presentation, Daniel Young & Christian Giroux, with graphic designer Katja Gretzinger, interviewed by AA Bronson @ Motto Berlin 14.03.16

Posted in 2016, Artist Book, books, events, Motto Berlin event on March 10th, 2016
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Bridges, tunnels, pipelines, hydroelectric lines, public transit, dams, ports, navigational aids for waterways and
airspace, communication towers—infrastructure is the foundation of our economy and society. Filmed using a
35mm motion picture camera, this project provides a core sample of infrastructure interventions in Canada’s
landscape. Drawing on statistical information on expenditures since 1947 in order to proportionally represent
investment in different sectors, the artists chose these one hundred objects and locations as a subset reflecting diversity
of region and type. Presented in random order, they function as a rigorous dérive through nodes in the network of a material body that can be thought of as comprising a single piece of architecture.

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Project book includes essays by Jonathan Shaughnessy, Richard William Hill, and Carlotta Daró
Published by Oakville Galleries

 

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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.

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