KUNSTKAMMER, REPRÉSENTATION D’UN CABINET D’AMATEUR – Cabinet de curiosités graphiques

January 31st, 2011



Wunderkammer ou Cabinet de curiosités graphiques
6 réponses graphiques et originales au thème du cabinet de curiosités.
(sérigraphie, 120x175cm, impression: Lezard Graphique, Photos © Pierre Vanni)
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Åbäke
Victoria and alferD: Mammals

The Victoria & Alferd Museum is a growing collection of artefacts, objects, stories, existing or imagined. The idea was born from a few facts: the generally undisputed legitimacy of the museum institution, despite its young age and numerous mistakes. The geo-political aspect of its own importance, the relying to colonialism or worse religious “rights” in order to constitute a history of the winner’s world.
Our collection, however, starts from the modest details of preserved mistakes, rather than revisionism. We do not see space (storage?), money (acquisition, conservation?), fiction, geography, time or any material parameter as an obstacle to the connection we propose. Enjoy the visits.



Metahaven
Transaction Record (Wau Holland Foundation)

In making our contribution to Kunstkammer, for us the main inspiration came from the idea that the poster is actually for sale. Half of the funds raised per poster will be donated to WikiLeaks, through its intermediary, the Wau Holland Foundation.
By designing the poster as a ‘Transaction Record’, we invite the buyer to acknowledge this relationship. The poster/’artwork’ from the Kunstkammer becomes the record an authorization of the transaction.



Karl Nawrot
19 Templates, 2 Post-it® & Dusts

Il y a quelques années j’ai commencé a construire des outils qui me permettraient de réaliser des illustrations (abstraites) et des caractères typographiques à partir de formes géométriques ou libres. Cette collection d’outils se compose aujourd’hui de tampons encreurs, de gabarits circulaires pour disques vinyles, de pochoirs géométriques et de modules typographiques en carton. Le poster montre une partie de cette collection et présente une sélection de 19 pochoirs conçu entre 2008 et 2010. J’ai également glissé dans le poster des restes de découpes qui viennent hanter l’objet finis et un test tracé sur Post-it®.



OFFICEABC
Signe (459) est un astéroïde découvert en 1900 par Max Wolf

C’est sur l’archéologie des espaces (celui du lieu d’exposition, celui des cabinets, ou plutôt des chambres, celui de l’affiche,etc.) et sur les trouvailles que nous avons voulu nous pencher.
Si «toute épave à portée de nos mains doit être considérée comme un précipité de notre désir» (Breton), alors le projet pour Kunstkammer a été un moyen de requalifier ces trouvailles, de les reséquencer en une image sculptante et désirante.
Un carnet, littéralement journal de bord, accompagne notre affiche. Sa lecture ne cherche pas à devenir légende de celle-ci, mais plutôt lien entre, suite discursive et assemblée de débris et de pistes potentielles.
En définitive, on pourrait imaginer que l’affiche devient cet instantané de précipité, un cristal en sorte…



Manuel Raeder




Mathias Schweizer
Détails (recto/verso)

Descente de croix, Van der Weyden — La Fontaine de la Grâce et le triomphe de l’Église sur la Synagogue, École d’Hubert et de Jean Van Eyck — Saint Jacques et le Majeur et sainte Claire, Le Maître de Flémalle — Saint Jean-Baptiste, Henry de Werl et Sainte barbe , Le Maître de Flémalle — La Nativité, Hans Memling — La Présentation au Temple, Hans Memling — Les Tentations de Saint Antoine, Jérome Bosh — La Vierge et le Chevalier de Montesa, Anonyme de Valence — La Vierge et l’Enfant, un saint et un ange, Andrea Del Sarto — la Sainte Famille, Jacopino Del Conte — la Sainte Famille et l’Agneau, Raphaël — La Visitation, Raphaël — Noli me tangere, Le Corrège — Repos pendant la fuite en Egypte, Patenier — Le Changeur et sa femme, Marinus Reymerswaele — Portrait de Dürer par lui même — La Trinité, Ribera — Le Christ Embrassant saint Bernard, Ribalta — Vision de saint Pierre de Nolasque, Francisco De Zurbaran —Saint Jacob de la Marca, Zurbaran — Adoration des Mages, Diego Velasquez — David vainqueur de Goliath, Le Caravage — l’Apôtre saint Jacques, Le Guide —Saint François d’Assise recevant les stigmates, Jean-Baptiste Tiepolo — Bacchanale, Michel-Ange Houasse.


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Les posters sérigraphiés conçus par Åbäke, Karl Nawrot, Manuel Raeder, Mathias Schweizer, OfficeABC et Metahaven pour l’exposition Manystuff à 12mail sont en vente, SEULEMENT DISPONIBLE SUR PLACE, A LA GALERIE 12MAIL, POUR L’INSTANT. VENTES ET ENVOI A L’ETRANGER PROCHAINEMENT: envoyer un mail à contact@manystuff.org: 120x175cm / 10 exemplaires par poster / 100€.

The silkscreen printed posters designed by Åbäke, Karl Nawrot, Manuel Raeder, Mathias Schweizer, OfficeABC and Metahaven for the Manystuff show at 12mail are on sale, ONLY IN PARIS FOR NOW, INTERNATIONAL SALES & SHIPPING VERY SOON: 120x175cm / 10 ex by poster only / 100€. pre-order ONLY here : contact@manystuff.org.


KUNSTKAMMER, REPRÉSENTATION D’UN CABINET D’AMATEUR – CABINET D’AMATEUR

January 31st, 2011



KUNSTKAMMER, REPRÉSENTATION D’UN CABINET D’AMATEUR – CABINET D’AMATEUR

Sous la forme inspirée des représentations des cabinets d’amateurs du 17e siècle auxquelles elle rend hommage, la collection d’affiches de Manystuff n’a pas une visée encyclopédique. Via cette sélection particulière, il s’agit d’exposer et de rendre compte d’un graphisme contemporain. Ce choix d’affiches baroques et animées en révèle un aspect marquant.
Nul besoin de revenir sur le rôle et l’importance du design graphique aujourd’hui: sa protection est un devoir, tout comme son exhibition et cette collection agit dans ce sens. Elle est gardienne et révélatrice d’instants de graphisme incarnés dans ces affiches.
Cet extrait ne compose pas un décor mais un paysage de créations graphiques issues de la commande; ce sont des affiches et non de simples images. Leur réunion est le fruit d’une curiosité indisciplinée au service d’un regard qui doit être posé sur le graphisme: susciter des interrogations, appréhender le travail et le raisonnement de ses auteurs, comprendre des contextes…
Le bonheur de montrer et le plaisir de voir.

Affiches exposées:
Frédéric Teschner, Paris distrait tant, Festival international de l’affiche et du graphisme, Chaumont, 2010 – Fanette Mellier, Specimen, Pôle graphisme, Chaumont, 2009 – Hey Ho, Quand les murs tombent. L’identité nationale hors—la—loi ?, Éditions Galaade, 2007 – Harmen Liemburg, Ultralight, Graphic Design Festival, Breda, 2009 – M/M (Paris), Théorie du Trickster (Pierre Joseph and Mehdi Belhaj Kacem), 2002 – Jonas Williamsson , Hall of fame, Amsterdam, 2007 – OFFICEABC, Laboratoire exposé, Espace III, Croix Baragnon, Toulouse, 2009 – Laurent Fétis, Bless 13 Basics, 2001 – Hoon Kim, The Paper Speaks, 2008 – Hans Gremmen, Grafische Cultuurprijs, Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, 2006 – Frédéric Teschner, HQAC (1/4), projet TRANS305, Ivry-sur-Seine, 2008 – Experimental Jetset, Exposition Heimo Zobernig, CAPC, Bordeaux, 2009 – Vier5, Mario CoolFabio Balducci, Une vibration inaudible à l’oreille nue, Viers5 “First Review”, CAC Brétigny, Bretigny-Sur-Orge, 2010 – Jakob Kirch, Mein Block, Kunstverein Leipzig, Leipzig, 2009 – Sacha Leopold & Thibaut Robin, myProvence Festival, 2010 – Pierre Vanni, From 3D to paper, From ink to blood, Lazy Dog, Paris, 2010 – Pinar Demirdag & Viola Renate, Europolis 2010, The Utopian Grids Exhibition, Trouw, Amsterdam – Vier5, Marie Voignier « Hinterland », CAC Brétigny, Bretigny-Sur-Orge, 2009 – M/M (Paris), Hurricane List Of Futures (Hans Ulrich Obrist), 2006 – Vier5, Cyprien Gaillard, Le canard de Beaugrenelle, CAC Brétigny, Bretigny-Sur-Orge, 2008 – OFFICEABC, Conférence Studi, Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts de Toulouse, Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Toulouse, 2010 – Tobias Röttger, TREND, 2008 – OFFICEABC, Images en Mouvement, Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts de Toulouse, La Cinémathèque de Toulouse, 2010 – Richard Niessen & Esther de Vries, 25 Poster Niessen & de Vries, CBK Zuidoost, 2009 – Harmen Liemburg, Dutch Flood , Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2008 – Sulki & Min, Mevis & Van Deursen: Out of Print, ZeroOne Design Center, Seoul, 2007 – Manuel Raeder, Sex burns, Art and documents in the Berlin Medical Historical Museum of the Charité 2008

> Photos (© Arnaud Brunet & © Pierre Vanni)

Kunstkammer, The representation of an amateur wonder-room by Manystuff – Opening

January 31st, 2011





Kunstkammer, The representation of an amateur wonder-room by Manystuff
Opening, 12MAIL, Paris > More pictures

Photos © Arnaud Brunet & © Saywho

MANYSTUFF «Kunstkammer, Représentation d’un cabinet d’amateur» – Vernissage

January 28th, 2011

Détails: officeabc, Manuel Raeder, Mathias Schweizer

«Kunstkammer, Représentation d’un cabinet d’amateur»
par Manystuff
Du 28 janvier au 25 mars 2011
Vernissage le vendredi 28 janvier de 18h à 21h.
12MAIL… a Red Bull Space, 12 rue du Mail 75002 Paris.

Press Release (uk)
Dossier de presse (fr)

Kunstkammer, The representation of an amateur wonder-room

January 28th, 2011

visuel-Kunstkammerweb



Kunstkammer,
The representation of an amateur wonder-room

by Manystuff

Representations of amateur wonder-rooms of the 17th century present numerous private canvas collections : in a private interior, walls are covered in an accumulation of juxtaposed canvases with no hierarchy, frame against frame, from the floor to the ceiling. The collector can welcome cultured guests and indulge in his own pleasure for aesthetics and erudite knowledge. An ideal museum, these representations of amateur wonder-rooms combine fiction and reality : an imaginary décor, copies of master pieces and hybrid collections.
The graphic design exhibition KUNSTKAMMER shows the duality of these representations – between fiction and reality – by offering an exhibition room of posters, Manystuff’s collection, in which you can find a series of 6 fictional posters specially created for the occasion and gathered together in a graphical wonder-room.

Amateur exhibition room, Manystuff’s collection:
The first version of Manystuff’s itinerant and progressive collection was displayed for the first time in Moscow in June 2010. For Kunstkammer, Manystuff is exhibiting an original extract of the collection of posters created by French and international contemporaries such as Experimental Jetset, M/M Paris, Vier5, Laurent Fétis, Fanette Mellier, Frédéric Teschner, Pierre Vanni and many more (all informations soon). The scenery is a reproduction of wonder-rooms of the 17th century.

Wonder room, commissioned posters:
6 graphic designers and international studios are each to show their silkscreen printed poster, specially created for the exhibition’s wonder-room. With Abäke, Karl Nawrot, Manuel Raeder, Mathias Schweizer, officeabc & Metahaven.

Printer: Lezard Graphique (Strasbourg)
Handmade calligraphic signage: Jean-Baptiste Levée

On the occasion of Kunstkammer, the independent music label Tigersushi presents its own wonder-room: Play tracks here.

Press Release (uk)
Dossier de presse (fr)

From 28th January to 25th March 2011
Opening Friday 28th January from 6pm to 9pm
12MAIL, Paris

Visual: TENIERS, David the Younger, Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in his Gallery, c. 1647, Oil on copper, 106 x 129 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and / or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation Typographie.

In Almost Every Picture 9

January 26th, 2011

In almost every picture, by Erik Kessels, is a look at photography in the vernacular beauty of its creation and use. the intentions of its manifestation may evolve and change in the course of tome. The meanings placed in and taken from the images may also heighten and become more potent as their context changes. Photography has become an integral part of our lives and tells the endless human stories that occur around us, often without us knowing, and marks the impressions and experiences we share in almost every picture.

In Almost Every Picture 9 is the latest addition to the long running series of found photography. This time around, we are presented with the peculiar story of one family’s attempts to photograph its black dog. “Attempts” being the operative word.
Unfortunately, their camera’s limitations mean that the canine appears, time after time, as only the vague black blob. The all black dog shape is seen posed in all kinds of domestic situations, usually with his owners as part of a tableaux of homely contentment. But while these contexts make it clear that the silhouetted pooch is an integral part of the family’s life, it’s equally clear that there’s no situation capable of providing the requisite amount of light.

Private View: February 3, 2011
Exhibition: February 4-27, 2011
KK Outlet, London

Posted in Books, Photography

Studio Reizundrisiko (updates)

January 26th, 2011

Samuel Bänziger

Posted in Graphic Design

Blackbox: Grafik/Visitenkarte

January 26th, 2011





Blackbox: Grafik/Visitenkarte

Blackbox series of talks is about creation process of artists and designers from various disciplines.
Blackbox 9/10 is about graphic design with Valeria Bonin/Diego Bontognali (Bonbon), Kristin Irion (Bringolf Irion Vögeli) & Marco Müller.

February 2, 2011, 7pm
Corner College, Zürich

Posted in Graphic Design

NIEVES LIBRARY AT OMMU

January 25th, 2011








NIEVES LIBRARY AT OMMU

Nieves is an independent publishing house based in Zurich, Switzerland. Founded in 2001, Nieves’ focus is on publishing Artists’ Books and Zines.

OMMU presents the Nieves Library, shown for the first time in Greece. Rare and out-of-print titles,
a full archive of 120 Nieves Zines that have been released since 2004, will be exhibited and available to browse through. The 2010 Zine Box, including all Zines published in 2010 will be released on the occasion of the exhibition.

February 4th – 26th, 2011
OMMU Bookshop, Athens

La photocopie

January 24th, 2011

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monotone public print, photocopies, A4, exemplaire unique; monotone public printer, bureau de poste Montpellier-Rondelet, 13 décembre 2010

La création du Cabinet du livre d’artiste a été initiée par les Éditions Incertain Sens, programme de publications de livres d’artistes au sein du département arts plastiques.
Lieu dédié au phénomène “livre d’artiste”, le Cabinet du livre d’artiste répond à un souci de diffusion de l’art auprès d’un public non spécialisé.

La photocopie
L’apparition de la photocopie dans les années 60 a été saluée par de nombreux artistes notamment ceux qui autoéditaient les livres : moyen accessible à tous et peu cher pour produire de l’imprimé. L’exposition se propose de réunir un certain nombre de ces travaux, d’interroger l’actualité de cette technique et d’en réfléchir l’enjeu politique.

Avec Dianne Arndt, Eeugènia Balcells, Jean-François Bergez, Bureau d’investigation, photographique, Mel bochner, Stanley Brouwn, Ian Burn, John Byrum, Philippe, Clerc, Roy Colmer, A constructed world, Continuous Project, Andrew Dadson, Eric Doeringer, Patrick Dubrac, FF FW, Judith Fleishman, Michael Gibbs, Sharon, Gilbert, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Yoko Gunji, Thomas Hirschhorn, Janet Janet, Ben Kinmont, Sean Landers, David Lasnier, Lefevre Jean Claude, Sol Lewitt, Sara Mackillop, Stéphane Magnin, Ross Martin, Jonathan Monk, Antoine Moreau, Jean-Luc Moulène, Patrick Mullins, Louise Odes Neaderland, Richard Olson, Blaise Parmentier, Michalis Pichler, David Renault, Jean-François Robic, Barbara Rosenthal, Dieter Roth, Temporary Services, Mathieu Tremblin, Ben Vautier, Larry Walczak, Eric Watier.

10 février – 4 avril 2011
vernissage: jeudi 10 février, 18h
Cabinet du livre d’artiste, Université Rennes 2, Rennes

Posted in Art, Exhibitions

IT’S A FANZINE–DUMMY

January 23rd, 2011





IT’S A FANZINE–DUMMY

Fanzine presentations by Gerrit Rietveld Academie 2nd year graphic design students, presentation by publisher and printer De Dolle Hond / De Stencilkelder, production workshop by Rebecca Stephany, foreign fanzines translated and read, bookshop (zines from Amsterdam and around the world), etc…

January 28-30, 2011
BADHUISTHEATER, Amsterdam

Posted in Books, Graphic Design

Gerrit Rietveld Academie Open Day

January 22nd, 2011


visual by Killian Loddo & Mariko Kuwahara



Gerrit Rietveld Academie Open Day

Gerrit Rietveld Academie will organize their annually Open Day. The school will be opened from 10am till 8pm. Everybody is welcome to come and see what education at Rietveld is about.During the Open Day there is also the possibility to show your portfolio to teachers between 10 am – 5 pm without prior appointment. You can read more about consultation hours and what is expected from you here: admission international students.

Friday 28th of January 2011
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

SELF-PUBLISHING IN TIMES OF FREEDOM AND REPRESSION – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

January 22nd, 2011

The workshop SELF PUBLISHING IN TIMES OF FREEDOM AND REPRESSION arose from the fact that self-publishing in Romania has a complex and still insufficiently researched and publicized history. Under Ceausescu dictatorship, the ideologically imposed state regulation over the cultural and artistic realm was extremely harsh, the production of independent publications increasing only in the early ‘90s. Recently, ideological censorship has been replaced by economical, financial or technical constraints. The workshop considers that publishing as a means of self-expression and samizdat as a form of it, born in specific oppressive conditions, common to many countries in Eastern Europe, deserve a special attention and might shed a new light on the meaning of self-publishing, its forms and challenges today.

The practical part of the workshop consist in producing a publication on the subject of CENSORSHIP. The participants elaborate the format and discuss technical means of production. They analyze how this phenomenon developed and the new forms that have been taken in the latest years in Europe. Participants are encouraged to bring their own case studies.

Invited tutors: Marco Balesteros & Sofia Goncalves.
Designers, artists, cultural practitioners and other interested adults that show an active interest in self-publishing techniques are eligible to apply.
Participation to the workshop is limited to 10 foreign participants (max. 3 from the same country) based in European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey.
Accomodation, meals and travel costs are covered by Grundtvig Programme (except for Romanian participants).

Workshop, 18 – 23 April, 2011
Centre for Visual Introspection, Bucharest
Call for applications deadline: 28 February
Download application form

BACK COVER #4

January 22nd, 2011

Back Cover, graphic design, typography, etc. is a publication focused on thinking and analyzing graphic design and typography’s practices; and to a larger extend visual art’s.
Back Cover is a featuring showcase for major figures from all over the world who make or review the visual environment we live in; and whose works, ideas or opinions are strong and relevant. Designers of all kind are particularily encouraged to publicize their word in it.
Back Cover is not a newsmag. It offers reflexions, historical and critical analysis, individual and collective experiments.

Back Cover #4 content:

A Conversation with karel martens
Robin Kinross and Karel Martens talk, through skype, about the new binding of Printed Matter, the organization of Oase magazine, architecture and graphic design.
by Robin Kinross

An important encounter
Wim Crouwel reveals us his discovery of Schiff nach Europa. He shows the structural and typographic inventiveness of this book designed by Karl Gerstner in 1957.
by Wim Crouwel

Before a manifesto
Can we still write a manifesto about design?? Third and last part of the White Night – Before a Manifesto booklet.
by Metahaven

Writing design
Towards a culture of code
Method, system, program: Stéphanie Vilayphiou and Alexandre Leray present several approaches to the use of code publishing in design making process.
by

Systematic book design?
In this text, presented for the first time as a lecture in Munich in 2007, Jost Hochuli gives with some examples of his own work, clues about his method and questions the system in his work.
by Jost Hochuli

A non-nostalgic encounter with modern typography
Essential: this is the appropriate adjective to define the book Modern Typography written by Robin Kinross. Roland Früh, who was his assistant for two years, evokes this book first published in 1992.
by Ronald Früh

A LIBRARY OF FRIENDS

January 21st, 2011





A LIBRARY OF FRIENDS

A library of books that have become friends and dear companions to our invited speakers. Each guest will be talking about one book chosen by him or her that is not in the college library yet, but will now become part of the new and growing „Library of Friends“.

A project by Oliver Klimpel and the Klasse für System-Design.

Daniel Gaffner, Graphic-Designer, Sweden, talks about: “Europe – A History” by Norman Davies.
Katrin von Maltzahn, Artist, talks about “Maciunas’ Learning Machines: From Art History to a Chronology of Fluxus” by Astrit Schmidt-Burkhardt.

27 January 2011, 11 – 12.30am
Room 2.23, Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig

Posted in Art, Books, Graphic Design

An Independent and Free Publisher Sides with the Artists – cneai =

January 21st, 2011

Un editor independiente y libre
se posiciona del lado de los artistas

(An Independent and Free Publisher Sides with the Artists)
cneai = Centre National de l’Edition et de l’Art Imprimé

A selection of works held in the collection of cneai = Centre National de l’Edition et de l’Art Imprimé (French National Centre for Prints and Printed Art), under the title Un editor independiente y libre se posiciona del lado de los artistas (An Independent and Free Publisher Sides with the Artists). From its inception, this institution has focused on the production and promotion of artist’s books and other publications.

Un éditeur indépendant et libre
est à ranger du côté des artistes

cneai = Centre National de l’Edition et de l’Art Imprimé

Invité par le MUSAC, le Cneai réalise un accrochage inédit de sa collection Fmra. Déplaçant les limites entre les catégories artistiques, l’exposition présente des photographies d’éditions en situation, réalisées par le graphiste Regular (Jean-Marie Courant).
Au sol, les publications du cneai rendent compte de l’intérêt continu du centre d’art pour les artistes et les auteurs qui placent la pratique éditoriale au rang de la pratique artistique, investissant les champs de la poésie, du graphisme, du son et de la vidéo.

29 January – 27 March, 2011
MUSAC, León

100 Notes – 100 Thoughts – dOCUMENTA (13)

January 21st, 2011






100 Notes – 100 Thoughts
dOCUMENTA (13)

As a prelude to the 2012 exhibition, dOCUMENTA (13) and Hatje Cantz are publishing a series of notebooks, 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts, that is comprised of facsimiles of existing notebooks, commissioned essays, collaborations, and conversations.

A note is a trace, a word, a drawing that all of a sudden becomes part of thinking, and is transformed into an idea. This publication project follows that path, presenting the mind in a prologue state, in a pre-public arena. A space for intimacy and not yet of criticism, dOCUMENTA (13) is publishing the unpublishable, the voice—and the reader is our alibi and ally. Note taking encompasses witnessing, drawing, writing, and diagrammatic thinking; it is speculative, manifests a preliminary moment, a passage, and acts as a memory aid.

With contributions by authors from a range of disciplines, such as art, science, philosophy and psychology, anthropology, economic- and political theory, language- and literature studies, as well as poetry, 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts constitutes a space of dOCUMENTA (13) to explore how thinking emerges and lies at the heart of re-imagining the world. In its cumulative nature, this publication project is a continuous articulation of the emphasis of dOCUMENTA (13) on the propositional, underlining the flexible mental moves to generate space for the possible. Thoughts, unlike statements, are always variations: this is the spirit in which these notebooks are proposed.

Posted in Art, Books

Que sais-je? & SALA POLIVALENTE

January 20th, 2011





Que sais-je?
Project by Ricardo Nicolau
with Braço de Ferro, Isabel Carvalho, Paloma Polo, Pierre Leguillon, Sofia Gonçalves and Marco Balesteros, Von Calhau & Ana Jotta.

Que sais-je? – considered to be the world’s first pocket encyclopaedia – was founded in 1941 and has published 3800 titles by 2500 authors. Translated into 22 languages, it is viewed as one of the world’s most important databases and knowledge transfer sources. But what kind of knowledge does it disseminate? And although several titles have been dedicated to art issues, what link exists between this collection and the world of contemporary art?

Atlases, dictionaries, encyclopaedias are all forms of storing and transmitting knowledge, that have been repeatedly replicated (and parodied) by artists since the early 20th century avant-garde movements. There continues to be interest in these formats, today associated to the desire, shared by many artists, to reconsider what we classify as knowledge, information, communication and data-sharing. Schools, academies and lessons are models that are frequently employed by artists and curators; by exploring their application to organisation of eminently pedagogical formats such as workshops, seminars, conferences (often assisted by slide or Powerpoint projections) and film series.
This project, Que sais-je?, presents books, pamphlets, posters, slide projections, videos, lectures and workshops that have been programmed by artists and publishers, and thus confronts us with various perspectives on the possible meanings of teaching and learning.

January 25 – March 12, 2011
Vera Cortês Art Agency, Lisboa






SALA POLIVALENTE (Polyvalent Room)
Pilot Test
Sofia Gonçalves & Marco Balesteros

SALA POLIVALENTE is a pilot test for a continuous publication*.
The test opens a theme displayed in a room overlapped in other rooms. Superimposed in an art gallery will be a Reading Room, a Round Table, a Workshop and a Classroom. If at first the space appears to be inactive, a mere display scene, it is actually a grid for other events, a notation system for continuous activities.
SALA POLIVALENTE is a counterpoint to functional specialization: artistical, educational or disciplinary. It prepares functional changes and introduces conduct codes for every moment. Each of these moments will only be decoded by action and inhabitance.
As a polyvalent room, it shelters independent models that are simultaneously interdependent. Therefore, understands learning as experience, technique and tactic, but also rule and intuition, empirical answers to the fleeting actions of each game.
SALA POLIVALENTE is then, an analogy to what education and pedagogy could be—collective actions drawn as plans to neutralize tensional forces (learning/teaching, teacher/student, to evaluate/to be evaluated). If the problem is simply to sum up and to test possible programs for the construction and distribution of knowledge, this space is only one set for its writing, admitting several answers but above all, the possibility of error. It implements doubt instead of dogma and gives way to improvisation and to the unexpected. An inhabited space moment by moment, momentarily.

* Publication as public action.

READ TO LET READ
In between teaching and reading, in the first moment of SALA POLIVALENTE (Polyvalent Room), we begin by reading.
Books and texts that allow us to question the notions of education, pedagogy, teaching in a more or less subjective relationship with the art practice. To this generic theme we freely associated models and methods by great portuguese pedagogues, critical voices of revolution and reformists (sometimes dogmatic, sometimes naive), school manuals, fictions, utopias, treatises. All of them mirror its contemporary pedagogical statments.
What do I know about the ways and models of what I know? From the data of this twisted and even though ontological question, we extracted the criteria for our readings.
What is the point of only leaving a tiny fraction of what was written? In this process of consented loss we found a fundamental principle of education.
We also left reading marks as forms of appropriation, as readings that distort (deliberately) the original texts, leading us to other texts (imagining all texts as misleading footnotes of others).
With all these primary notes other questions arose. What are the implications of making visible the interconnected voices of our readings? In short, what is built by our readings and how can we imagine them organically linked in a continuous publication?

De Stijl – exposition, colloque & conférence (Paris)

January 19th, 2011





MONDRIAN / DE STIJL
jusqu’au 21 mars 2011, Centre Pompidou

Parmi les avant-gardes européennes, le mouvement De Stijl constitue une clé de lecture pour la compréhension des sources du mouvement moderne au 20e siècle. Malgré le rayonnement artistique de ses acteurs, parmi lesquels ses fondateurs Piet Mondrian, Theo Van Doesburg et Gerrit Rietveld, cette « plate-forme » d’avant garde n’avait jamais fait l’objet d’une grande rétrospective en France. Le Centre Pompidou consacre, à partir du mois de décembre, une exposition inédite à cet instant crucial qui vit naître la modernité à travers les parcours croisés de sa figure magistrale, Mondrian, et du mouvement De Stijl.(…)

DE STIJL, UNE AVANT-GARDE DU XXE SIÈCLE, COLLOQUE
21 janvier 2011, 14h – 20h30 , Centre Pompidou

(…) Ancré dans des sources symbolistes et théosophiques, à la fois vision utopique et concrète, De Stijl cherche avant tout à mettre en oeuvre une transcription formelle, plastique, picturale ou architecturale des principes d’une harmonie universelle par la fusion de tous les arts. La peinture, la sculpture, le mobilier, le graphisme, l’architecture puis l’urbanisme sont les supports de cette expérimentation conduite simultanément par les différents créateurs du groupe. (…)
Ce colloque a pour but de donner à mieux comprendre ce que fut cette nouvelle figuration du monde transformée en projet de société, et en quoi l’esthétique de ses créations, après avoir marqué le siècle passé, continue à inspirer des créateurs contemporains.

L’HERITAGE DE STIJL A LA GERRIT RIETVELD ACADEMIE D’AMSTERDAM
11 février 2011, 19h, Centre Pompidou

Le mouvement De Stijl constitue toujours une clé de lecture essentielle pour la compréhension de notre époque. Ses fondateurs, Piet Mondrian, Theo Van Doesburg et Gerrit Rietveld ont marqué durablement la scène artistique, sans omettre le graphisme. A l’époque le graphiste et typographe Piet Zwart rejoindra le mouvement De Stijl et écrira une page essentielle de l’histoire de cette discipline.
A partir de l’exemple de l’enseignement du graphisme à la Gerrit Rietveld Academie, nous nous interrogerons sur le sens de cet héritage. Avec Linda van Deursen (Rietveld Academie) et Catherine de Smet.

LES AUTRES RDV

Playground Magazine

January 19th, 2011







Playground Magazine began as a platform for students at the University of Brighton to see the creative endeavours of their peers in print. The publication came to fruition with the support of CETLD – a partnership led by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Brighton, in collaboration with the V&A, RIBA and the Royal College of Art.
The magazine has now published five issues and contains contributions of writing, art and design from students, staff and alumni across the University, amongst submissions from guest writers. Published each term, it is currently produced in editions of 200 at a Risograph printer in London by Dittopress and every copy is hand-finished.

The S.O.S Issue: Crammed with opinions on internships, education cuts and institutional critique; the SOS Issue – inspired by its own submissions – has decided to reveal the means of its making. This issue includes piecharts illustrating editorial decisions, a flowchart which attempts to map out the influences upon the magazine, and an article which exposes its own editorial process. Alongside interviews with designer James Langdon and Amelia Johnstone, illustrator/founder of ARC Magazine, you’ll also find proposals for a fictional art collection and online magazine.

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