Muriel Cooper worked across four decades at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in overlapping roles as a graphic designer, teacher, and researcher. Spanning the transition from print, to early explorations of digital typography, to fully evolved information environments, Cooper’s tenure at MIT maps onto one of the most dynamic periods of the school’s technical, conceptual and theoretical development.
As the first Design Director of the MIT Press, Cooper established a comprehensive publishing program and designed books like The Bauhaus (1969) and Learning from Las Vegas (1972). As co-founder of the Visible Language Workshop, she taught experimental printing, tested large-format Polaroid photography, and integrated video systems in MITs Department of Architecture. And at the MIT Media Lab, she developed some of the earliest computer interfaces and educated a generation of designers. Throughout, her approach remained consistent: creating tools and systems for rapid feedback, dissolving boundaries between design and production, and restlessly seeking out new problems.
The exhibition Messages and Means: Muriel Cooper at MIT, organized by David Reinfurt and Robert Wiesenberger with Mark Wasiuta, will take place at Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Columbia University, New York, from February 25 to March 28, 2014.
Dans le cadre de la table ronde L’édition comme reflet d’une expérience, le 14 février, 18h30, à Mains D’Œuvres, Saint-Ouen, “Information Room” est une exposition de publications qui questionnent l’enregistrement, le commentaire et le prolongement de projets artistiques. Du catalogue au livre d’artiste, en passant par l’ouvrage théorique ou le carnet de recherches, ces entreprises éditoriales, aux intentions, formes et formats variés – parfois composites ou ambiguës – incarnent des expériences de mise en tension d’une idée et de sa trace, du geste et de sa captation, d’un objet et de sa représentation, de l’espace d’exposition et de l’espace du livre, de l’oral et de l’écrit.
A school for design fiction, a project by James Langdon, employs the curious genre of ‘design fiction’ to assert storytelling as the primary function of design, assuming that every artefact has the potential to express the character of the culture that produced it.
The publication A School for Design Fiction documents and expands on the founding of the school through a series of imagined scenarios. These include a drama at the printer for architect Augustus Pugin in 1836, the history of the universe as observed on an English hillside in 1937, the first human trial of split brain surgery in California in 1961, and a Scottish speech synthesis studio in 2013.
Book presentation, January 24, 7pm, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig.
Mecca – designed by Mathias Schweizer – is a free edition available at the Contemporary Art Center of Ivry – Crédac. Mecca gives indications on the stakes of the program the Crédac, it provides reviews, analyzes and comments on the work of the artists featured. It offers additional means: those of rereading and memory.
Mecca 6 is a non-exhaustive visual journey through ten years of Crédac programming (2003-2013). It is primarily a game based on iconography and memory, exhibition and collection. It is a visual promenade for the reader to make his way and build their own matches.
Des Savoirs Bouleversés – edited by Vincent Honoré, Anna Colin and Åbäke – is a publication inscribed in Unsettled Knowledge, a cycle of exhibitions which has explored the propensity for artists to engage with knowledge from fields beyond their own area of specialism. This book and additional instalment concludes the cycle by taking one further step into the relationship between art, knowledge and specialism as observed in the three exhibitions. It features the work of artists — Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Aurélien Froment, Goldin+Senneby, Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, Jochen Lempert, Marie Lund, Benoît Maire, Melvin Moti, Benjamin Seror, Simon Starling, and Claudia Triozzi — who wear several hats (scientist, historian, economist, storyteller) and are committed to bridging art and other specialised fields of knowledge. Their practice entails borrowing methodologies from distinct disciplines, infiltrating disparate subject areas and collaborating with agents from further afield in the interests of new forms, new languages, new questionings, and new readings.
The exhibition All Possible Futures explores speculative work created by contemporary graphic designers.
The premise of All Possible Futures originated in 2003 over a conversation between the curator of the exhibition, Jon Sueda, with a graphic designer, about the exhibition and the critical discussion of lost explorations built on speculation and uncertain ground. What would graphic design look like if the discipline supported such speculative practices as a legitimate area of enquiry?
The works in All Possible Futures embody a wide range of approaches to the idea of speculation. They encompass everything from self-generated provocations to experimental work created ‘in parallel’ with client-based projects to unique situations where commissions have been tackled with a high level of autonomy and critical investigation. They highlight different levels of visibility and publicness within the graphic design process.
Some projects were made for clients and exist in a real-world context, while others might otherwise have gone unnoticed: failed proposals, formal experiments, sketches, incomplete thoughts. In the spirit of the show’s title, the exhibition itself shifts and evolves over the course of the visitor’s experience. Some works are traces of pieces. Others must be manipulated or engaged with in order to become fully apparent.
Jon Sueda’s intention is that All Possible Futures asks more questions than it definitively answers, with the hope that it will function as a porthole into a universe of highly sophisticated work that has been striving to find a way out into the world.
The theme of the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2014 is education in the field of graphic design and visual communication. This thematically focused biennial will — through a wide range of exhibitions, lectures and accompanying programs — investigate the educational models of contemporary graphic design as well as the methods and approaches of individual tutors and schools. It will also look at the diversity of specific schools, the influence of architecture on education, and the relationship between theory and practice.
Exceptionally, the International Exhibition, a traditional part of the Brno Biennial, will leave aside the work of professionals to focus instead on work created by students. All works created in a school context between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2013 are eligible for the International Exhibition. The application form is now available online.
SHOW INFO websites document research into thirty-six Latin-alphabet typefaces and their (technical, cultural, social, artistic, commercial…) contexts. The websites were made by the second-year graphic design students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in autumn 2013, in an assignment conducted by Sam de Groot with Jakub Straka.
Curated by Jon Sueda, All Possible Futures – January 14 to February 13, 2014, SOMArts, San Francisco – explores the potential of graphic design and celebrates a questioning of boundaries regarding concepts, processes, technologies, and form.
What happens when graphic designers extend the boundaries of their discipline and initiate creative explorations built on risk and uncertain ground? Exhibited conceptual proposals, critical provocations, and experimental works that exist on the margins of graphic design or in parallel to professional projects, as well as proposals that were initially rejected by a client and remain unrealized, position All Possible Futures at the intersection of design and fine art.
Exhibiting designers includes, among others, Abake, Ludovic Balland, Daniel Eatock, Dexter Sinister, Jaan Evart, Experimental Jetset, Ed Fella, Jürg Lehni, Karel Martens, Metahaven, Mevis van Deursen, Radim Pesko, Project Projects, ResearchCenteredDesign, Sulki and Min, etc… To accompany the exhibition, the book All Possible Futures will be published by Bedford Press.
In the attic of Oslo National Academy of the Arts, a unique collection had been lying forgotten, untouched by time. It consisted of rare graphic design journals, cases of metal and wood type, books, type catalogues and printing machines dating back to the last century. The exhibition A Form for History, until January 3, 2014, at Oslo’s R21 gallery, presents part of the typography archive and offers an exceptional glimpse of Norwegian graphic design history.
On show is a selection of books and printed titles from the archive; demonstrating a diverse visual field where modernistic expression developed in conjunction with lingering roots of art nouveau. The titles are accompanied with quotes from the archive, seeking to portray a varied cultural development where issues such as national style, a lack of high quality paper, The New Typography and the role of women have all been debated.
The large, red table, with two stairs that leads up to it, was imagined as both a reference to the attic which had been the archives hiding place for several years, as well as the often unapproachable aspect that history can hold. The table itself contains 20 articles, which as a whole presents both an insight into the industrial progress, as well as the development of visual expressions in Norway. Visitors are invited to bring home copies of the articles as a way to create their own selection of history.
Any Part, Any Form is a follow up to London-based graphic designer Radim Peško’s Informal Meetings, a collection of photographs made during travels and wanderings to different places. This volume brings back found compositions and situations where seemingly unremarkable encounters between space, architecture and water suggest their own stories.
Pierre Faucheux (1924-1999) a été l’une des figures majeures de l’édition française au lendemain de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Renouvelant largement ce champ du design graphique, il traversa la seconde moitié du XXe siècle en y laissant des empreintes multiples qui sont autant d’expérimentations revisitant les avant-gardes ou s’inscrivant dans les courants artistiques de son époque. En marge de son atelier, il développa un travail visuel constitué de collages et d’”écartelages” photographiques. Enfin, il consacra également sa carrière à l’architecture, en s’associant aux projets de divers architectes ou en élaborant des aménagements muséaux et des scénographies d’expositions.
Faucheux concevait l’architecture comme une écriture et la mise en livre comme un travail architectural : écrire l’espace et être un architecte du livre, tel fut le grand écart qu’il se proposa de tenir tout au long de sa carrière. À partir de cette notion d’écart, qu’il fit sienne à la suite de Charles Fourier puis des surréalistes, L’écartelage ou l’écriture de l’espace d’après Pierre Faucheux, sous la direction de Catherine Guiral, Brice Domingues & Jérôme Dupeyrat, propose d’approfondir la connaissance critique du travail de Pierre Faucheux tout en le situant parmi les acteurs de son époque et en regard des références historiques et culturelles qui permettent de comprendre les divers aspects de son œuvre.
The Fox issue 4 is loosely a continuation of the 1970′s journal The Fox produced by the artist’s collective Art & Language, however this regenerated version deviates from the concerns of the past publication, instead holding a closer link to the ‘natural world’, particularly the urban fox as a medium through which to explore attitudes towards the city, culture, nature, labour, architecture and design.
Designed by Mathew Whittington and with contributions by Daniel Arsham, Federico Campagna, Mike Davis, Mabli Elliman, Paul Elliman, Kristen Gallerneaux Brooks, Valentijn Goethals, Bill Hutchison, Esther Leslie & Ben Watson, Tetsuo Mukai, Leonard van Munster, Melissa Pilon, and Hermione Spriggs, as well as a selection of re-published material from the 19th and 20th century. Launch December 14, 3-5pm, Wysing Art Centre, Cambridge, as part of X Marks the Bökship’s X-Operative.
The eleventh issue of F.R.DAVID, All distinctions are mind, by mind, of mind will be launched November 24, 4pm, Dexter Sinister, New York, with readings by Kendra Sullivan, David Reinfurt and Will Holder.
“All distinctions are mind, by mind, of mind” is comparative — making divisions and splits in order to read the design of rhetoric in the stories we tell about our fictional and professional selves. With Abra Ancliffe, Robert Ashley, Ricardo Basbaum, Michael Gazzaniga, Ken Jacobs, Shane Krepakevich, John Latham, Ezra Pound, Kendra Sullivan, Sergei Tret’iakov, Marina Vishmidt, Rebecca Wilcox & Sarah Rose and many more.
The publication The Letter E is Everywhere is published in conjunction with the same name exhibition which consists of display structures and furniture pieces as well as books, prints, objects and textiles designed by Studio Manuel Raeder, juxtaposed with other objects found during an exploration of local handcraft production in Oaxaca. The exhibition also features furniture pieces developed as a result from this research, in collaboration with Oaxacan artisans, and objects whose production converses between craft and design practice: industrial, mass-produced popular objects, handicrafts, and furniture pieces from popular design.
The exhibition and catalogue propose an open narrative through the objects on display and question the position contemporary design plays in the dialogue between people and every day objects. At the same time, it reflects the approach that Manuel Raeder and his studio have about their practice, where design is used as a tool that is constantly reconsidered and customized.
Offprint Paris is an art publishing fair for emerging practices in art. Over four days, it gathers institutional and independent publishers from all over the world featuring publications by contemporary artists, graphic designers, photographers, publishers, bookdealers, museums, art schools, curators and antiquarians.
The Most Beautiful Swiss Books competition was established to promote and reward top-quality book design in Switzerland. The awarded books become part of an exhibition which will stop off in London during Thoughts on a Book. The event this year, November 22, 2013, 7pm, Open School East, London, will take a closer look into one of the awarded books: Trix + Robert Haussmann, edited by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen (Studiolo). Both the architects, Trix & Robert Haussmann, and the editors will give a talk about their collaboration, showcasing their process of working together.
LA DÉRIVE – Chapter I, November 17, 2013 – during Offprint, an Art Publishing fair – November 14-17, Beaux-Arts de Paris – invites the visitors to take various paths within the large and rich landscape of independent publishing in art and design. As advocated by La Dérive (in English Drift) of Guy Debord, the program is built around several specific ambiances, highlighted: the main idea being to let go of expectations and habits and to just wander among pleasant encounters… With contributions by Ramaya Tegegne, Erik van der Weijde, Jan Wenzel, Postdocument, De Stihl, and Etienne Robial.