SINT-LUCAS GENT – Crappy stuff

March 31st, 2011

Crappy stuff, a trade library.
Trade your trash for treasure.

by Pieter De Baets, Caro De Rycke, Cécile Galicher, Bram Kinet, Sam Smekens, Laurens Teerlinck, Jonas Temmerman, Sara Thewissen, Jolien Van der Smissen

There are no books that have no value. Books that have lost their use for their owners can still be valuable to other people. The content might interest new owners, the form of the book can be a source of inspiration for artists, graphic designers or anyone else who might like books.
The catalogue: because the collection is constantly changing, loosing and gaining books, we want to gather and archive visual information of the books. Part two of the project is about form. The yearbooks that we publish can be used as source of inspiration – in the first place for graphic designers.
Download pdf.

SINT-LUCAS GENT – two libraries in progress

March 29th, 2011



SINT-LUCAS GENT – Manystuff Workshop

March 28th, 2011

SINT-LUCAS GENT – Manystuff Workshop

During 3 days, Master Graphic Design students of Sint-Lucas in Gent will work on “An ideal library” workshop (download .pdf)

What would be the ideal library for a graphic designer? Which books would it be constituted with? And why? After the selection of books is set up, students will think of an installation system highlighting the characteristic elements of this compilation.

With Laura Bergans, Delphine Courier, Pieter De Baets, Anne de Boeck, Caro De Rycke, Cécile Galicher, Simon Heylen, Bram Kinet, Lore Laporte, Annelies Siersack, Sam Smekens, Laurens Teerlinck, Jonas Temmerman, Sara Thewissen, Jolien Van der Smissen, Ward Vanysacker, Brecht Vanzieleghem, Axelle Zwartjes.

Richard Prince. American Prayer

March 27th, 2011

L’exposition Richard Prince. American Prayer (en référence à la poésie de Jim Morrison) montrera un aspect inédit de l’artiste : un fervent bibliophile et collectionneur de la culture pop et des contre-cultures américaines des années 1950 à 1980, qui sont autant d’inspiration pour son oeuvre de photographe et de peintre.
En dialogue avec une sélection de livres rares, de manuscrits de Rimbaud, Céline, Cocteau et Genet, de magazines underground européens, de livres populaires puisés dans les collections de la BnF, sur lesquels Richard Prince projette d’intervenir, l’artiste dévoile pour la première fois quelques-uns des trésors de sa bibliothèque personnelle… Tableaux, dessins, photographies, livres d’artistes, manuscrits et objets illustrent son univers personnel entre culture savante et culture populaire, entre Amérique et Europe, selon une démarche artistique originale. L’exposition se conclut par une salle de lecture tapissée de faux livres conçus par Richard Prince et de trésors bibliophiliques rarement montrés, sa bibliothèque idéale ?

The title Richard Prince – American prayer refers to Jim Morrison’s poem. The exhibition focuses on a feature of personality never presented before. Richard Prince is a passionate booklover and a collector of American pop culture and countercultures from the 50s’ to the 80s’. This artistic movement has inspired his work as photographer and painter.
Rare books and manuscripts by Rimbaud, Céline, Cocteau and Genet, European underground magazines and popular books, were selected among BnF’s collections. Richard Prince has planned to re-appropriate some of them, building bridges with several treasures from his private collection of books that were never previously put on display.
Paintings, drawings, photographs, artists’ books, manuscripts and objects illustrate the artist’s personal universe between high and low culture, between America and Europe. The exhibition ends with a reading room which walls have been covered with fake books conceived by Richard Prince and treasures rarely presented before.

29 mars – 26 juin 2011
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris

Posted in Art, Exhibitions


March 25th, 2011

Pretty—Ugly is a series of events organised by the second year students of MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins.

The title Pretty-Ugly is a casual phrase imbued with a range of subtexts: aesthetics and anti-aesthetics, desire and repulsion, interest and disinterest, surface and essence, polish and sincerity. In a sentence: we are interested in exploring a ‘naïve’ aesthetic as it is created by very aware, professional designers.
Through our workshops, exhibition, series of talks and our auction, we hope to raise a critical discussion on the subject of contemporary ‘undesign’.

With Åbäke, Bendita Gloria, Julian Bittiner, Fraser Muggeridge, Hugo Hoppmann, Jas Rewkiewicz, Matthijs van Leeuwen, Mind Design, OK-RM, Roland Früh & Grégory Ambos, Ryan Waller, Sam de Groot, Simon Wald-Lasowski, Surplus Wonder, Zak Kyes

April 6th & 7th, 2011
The Gopher Hole, London

Posted in Graphic Design

Agency: Assembly (PA/PER VIEW)

March 25th, 2011

Agency: Assembly (PA/PER VIEW)

Agency is the generic name of a Brussels-based agency that was established in 1992 by Kobe Matthys. Agency constitutes a growing “list of things” that resist the binary division between culture and nature, expressions and ideas, creations and facts, subjects and objects, humans and non-humans, originality and banality, individuals and collectives, etc… These things are derived from juridical processes, lawsuits, cases, controversies, affairs and so forth around intellectual property (copyrights, patents, trade marks, etc…). The concept of property relies upon the assumption of the division between culture and nature. Each thing on the list invokes the moment of hesitation in terms of this division.

Agency calls things forth from it’s list via varying “assemblies” inside exhibitions, performances, publications, etc… Each assembly explores in a topological way a different aspect of the performative consequences of the apparatus of intellectual property for an ecology of art practices.

For Assembly (PA/PER VIEW), Agency will call things forth, speculating on the question: How to include book making in art practices? How are typeface designers, book binders, lay-outers, etc… taken into consideration by copyright law?

Thing 001452 (Orion) concerns a controversy between Eltra and the copyright registration office. Eltra deposited the typeface Orion at the copyright registration office, but the office refused to recognize typefaces. During a court case of 1978 the judge had to decide if a typeface can be protected by copyrights.

Thing 001535 (Introductory Language Work) concerns a controversy between the publisher Maynard Merrill and the second hand paper dealer Harrison. Maynard Merrill attempted to forbid Harrison to bind pages of Introductory Language Work, which he obtained from a damaged paper stock, together into a book. Maynard Merrill considered the books from Harrison a derivative work. During a court case of 1894 the judge had to decide if bookbinding can be protected by copyrights.

Thing 001452 (Orion) and Thing 001535 (Introductory Language Work) will convene an assembly at PA/PER VIEW in order to bear witness. Agency will invite a diverse group of concerned guests to “respond” on these things: Thorsten Baensch (publisher), Sari Depreeuw (legal scholar VUB), Manuel Raeder (graphic designer), OSP (Ivan Monroy Lopez/Seb Sanfilippo/Femke Snelting), Ziga Testen (graphic designer), etc…

April 1, 2011, 6pm

Posted in Graphic Design

Dexter Sinister: From the Toolbox of a Serving Library

March 24th, 2011

Dexter Sinister: From the Toolbox of a Serving Library
with Stuart Bailey and David Reinfurt

In 2006 Dexter Sinister (David Reinfurt & Stuart Bailey) established a workshop and bookstore of the same name in New York, and have since explored aspects of contemporary publishing in diverse contexts. As well as designing, editing, producing, and distributing both printed and digital media, they have also worked with ambiguous roles and formats, usually in the live contexts of galleries and museums. (…)

The Serving Library is founded on a consideration of how the role of the library has changed over time — from fixed archive, through circulating collection, to point of distribution. As much about The Library as social furniture as it is a specific model, the project ultimately returns to its point of departure: as a place for learning. Over the past couple of years, Dexter Sinister have set up a number of temporary, model versions of The Serving Library in different places, in order to work out its eventual form.

The residency at The Banff Centre (Canada) will be the most fully-realized version of this to date. At this point, the travelling Library comprises a specific set of books and a collection of corollary artifacts. Both will be installed in The Banff Centre’s Walter Phillips Gallery during the residency, and this environment will then serve as the focal point for the rest of the program. (…)

Program dates: July 4, 2011 – August 12, 2011
Application deadline: April 1, 2011

Posted in Art, Graphic Design

T-y-p-o-g-r-a-p-h-y / Readings

March 24th, 2011

T-y-p-o-g-r-a-p-h-y class, by David Reinfurt, library

Kaleidoscope Press

March 24th, 2011

Kaleidoscope Press is an independent publishing house printing art books, catalogues and monographs, academic texts, and editions in collaboration with museums, foundations, schools, artists, galleries, and several international partners.
Our team assists our clients throughout all phases of editorial production, offering skilled editorial coordination and art direction, while distribution benefits from the synergy of our intercontinental partners and worldwide network.
With a collection of more than twenty titles published during its first year of activity and four different series of publications, Kaleidoscope Press seeks to present a cutting edge, wide-reaching and discriminating selection of works aimed at satisfying art book lovers’ curiosity.

Posted in Art, Books


March 24th, 2011

Colophon is an independent type foundry set up by Brighton based design studio, The Entente
(Anthony Sheret & Edd Harrington).
As well as distributing and acting as a platform for fonts designed by The Entente, it selects fonts designed by other designers to distribute and create products for.
Working in a similar way to that of a publishers, some typefaces that are released by Colophon will be in a limited edition. These fonts will be unique in its edition, ranging from 50-500.

Aperçu is a new sans-serif typeface designed by The Entente. The conceit behind Aperçu was to create a synopsis or amalgamation of classic realist typefaces: Johnston, Gill Sans, Neuzeit & Franklin Gothic.

Raisonné is a contemporary sans-serif typeface, designed by Benjamin Critton. Its single weight—demibold—was drawn for use at all scales. Raisonné was initially conceived as a typeface that would comprise the written portions of of a comprehensive catalogue raisonné, the creation and publishing of which is required of each MFA candidate in the Department of Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art.
The typeface is parodic-serious, intended to be a bit dumb, blunt, candid, affable—honest in the same way Modernism liked its materials. It pays homage here and there to noteworthy precedents, among them Rudolf Koch’s Kabel, Sol Hess’ Twentieth Century, Joseph Churchward’s Crossbred, and Herb Lubalin’s Avant Garde.

Posted in Graphic Design

Slavs and Tatars Talk

March 23rd, 2011

Slavs and Tatars Talk,

part of a series of talks and events for the current exhibition Again, A Time Machine,
about the use and influence of books and printed material in their practice, with a particular focus on the archive of Iranian and Polish books displayed on traditional Persian riverbeds for their installation ‘Dear 1979, please meet 1989′ as part of ‘Again, A Time Machine’.
Slavs and Tatars are a faction of polemics and intimacies scattered throughout an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. The collective’s work spans several media, disciplines, and a broad spectrum of cultural registers, focusing on an oft-forgotten sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians and Central Asians.

March 24, 6.30pm
Eastside Projects, Birmingham

Posted in Art, Graphic Design


March 22nd, 2011

The Archigram Archival Project makes the work of the seminal architectural group Archigram available free online for public viewing and academic study. The project was run by EXP, an architectural research group at the University of Westminster.

Archigram are amongst the most seminal, iconoclastic and influential architectural groups of the modern age. They created some of the 20th century’s most iconic images and projects, rethought the relationship of technology, society and architecture, predicted and envisioned the information revolution decades before it came to pass, and reinvented a whole mode of architectural education – and therefore produced a seam of architectural thought with truly global impact.
The name Archigram (Architecture+Telegram) was invented to describe a home-made magazine put together in 1961 by the young architects, Peter Cook and David Greene, joining first with Mike Webb. This free-form magazine was designed to explore new projects and new thinking which were overturning the strict modernist dictates of the 1960s. Nine (and a half) seminal, individually designed, hugely influential, and now very rare magazines were produced between 1961 and 1974.

Posted in Architecture

Das VIER5//Warenhaus

March 22nd, 2011

Posted in Graphic Design

Surfing the Black

March 22nd, 2011

Surfing the Black
Yugoslavian Black Wave Cinema

The project Surfing the Black, initiated by four JVE researchers (Žiga Testen, Dubravka Sekulic, Gal Kirn & Pietro Bianchi), is an attempt to explore the potential of an unfinished past and its still open conflictedness and to re- activate a dialogue with it.
“We would like to open up the discussion regarding the Black Wave from its limited post-Yugoslavian context and investigate its possible correlations and interpretations bridging various disciplines and contexts in a critical investigation of the subject. We want to pursue this through activities ranging from archival work, interviews, seminars, screenings, a conference, a poster project and finally, a publication.”

Posted in Art, Graphic Design


March 22nd, 2011

Shadowboxing brings together projects by four artists, Mariana Castillo Deball, Sean Dockray, Marysia Lewandowska and Wendelien van Oldenborgh, in an exhibition developed in collaboration with the graduating students of the Royal College of Art’s Curating Contemporary Art MA. Using different strategies – from tinkering to direct confrontation – each of these artists considers how the media and institutions that control our behaviour and ideology can be disrupted.

Shadowboxing has developed as conversations have unfolded between the artists and curators. What has transpired from this approach over the past months is an exploration of the different ways in which artists enact critique within certain parameters, and an awareness of the paradox: how can one challenge forces that have become so internalised that they are indistinguishable from one’s own shadow?

The publication makes visible the processes of discussion, collaboration and production between artists and curators at different moments between February and June 2011. Contributions take the form of artists’ commissions, interviews and conversations with relevant people from the cultural and political field, as well as essays by the curators. Each issue will be available to download from the Shadowboxing website.

March 18 – April 3, 2011
Royal College of Art, London

Posted in Art, Exhibitions

What Design Can Do

March 21st, 2011

What Design Can Do is about the current potential of design. Crossing all disciplines, What Design Can Do is a platform for the presentation of alternative strategies for the future.

What Design Can Do is a conference for design professionals, companies and governments.
What Design Can Do demonstrates and questions the impact of design.
What Design Can Do is an activist conference; together with national and international top-speakers, we ask questions and formulate answers.
What Design Can Do will result in the presentation of a book and website consisting of the most important conclusions and recommendations.

What Design Can Do is an event in Amsterdam with speakers (and public!) from the Netherlands and abroad.

May 26 & 27th 2011
Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam

Behind the Zines

March 21st, 2011

© Adeline Mollard

Behind the Zines
Self-Publishing Culture


Social networks are dominating today‘s headlines, but they are not the only platforms that are radically changing the way we communicate. Creatives such as designers, photographers, artists, researchers, and poets are disseminating information about themselves and their favorite subjects not via predefined media such as Twitter or blogs, but through printed or other self-published projects—so-called zines. Those who publish zines are mostly interested in sole authorship, namely that all components including text, images, layout, typography, production, and distribution are firmly in the hands of one person or a small group. At their best, the results convey a compelling and consistent atmosphere and push against the established creative grain in just the right way. They provoke with surprising and non-linear food for thought. In short, zines are advancing the evolution of today‘s media.

With a cutting-edge selection of international examples, Behind the Zines introduces the broad range of zines that exists today. These include zines that function as a new kind of project-oriented portfolio to showcase a self-profile or document an exhibit. While some act as (pseudo) scientific treatises to call the reader‘s attention to a specific topic, others serve as playrooms for creatives to run riot and express themselves and communicate with each other in a space that is free from editorial restrictions.

The book examines the key factors that distinguish various zines. It introduces projects in which the printing process significantly influences aesthetics or in which limited distribution to a small, clearly defined target audience becomes part of the overall concept.

Behind the Zines not only documents outstanding work, but also shows how the self-image of those who make zines impacts the scene as a whole. Through interviews with people involved in zine production and distribution, the book sheds light on various strategies for this evolving media form.

Studio SM – Mon chério

March 21st, 2011

Studio SM – Mon chério
(something red something blue something orange something new)

Graphic design duo Studio SM (Sara Kaaman & Martin Falck) presents a selection of work & inspirations.
Their work is presented parallel to Emily Roysdon’s exhibition Positions. Studio SM have collaborated with Emily Roysdon since mid-2010 to create a trio of posters documenting the artist’s working material and process. The third poster in the series will be distributed to visitors.
Sara Kaaman & Martin Falck graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam in July 2010, and are currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. Their practice involves both self-initiated projects and commissioned work.

March 25 – May 7
Art in General, New York

Posted in Graphic Design

Diva Opaque

March 21st, 2011

Diva Opaque, Anonymous Guardians of Intimacy
Pinar&Viola reveal the secret collection of scarf_whiz80

Diva Opaque is a collection of found images belonging to scarf_whiz80. This eccentric collection varies from snapshots, carefully manipulated pictures and skillful photomontages, all portraying veiled divas.

Scarf_whiz80 cherishes the veil in his very own perception. In contradiction with today’s sensational hijab-hype, scarf_whiz80 glorifies the headscarf. From silk to satin, from lace to chiffon, he manifests the veil as an object obscure, shielding beauty from the beholder. The images depict strong women who seem decided to keep their transparency unique to their private relations. Scarf_whiz80 idolizes these women as the Anonymous Guardians of Intimacy.

Pinar&Viola discovered the bewildering collection on the internet by accident, and fully embraced scarf_whiz80′s skillfully crafted uncanny vision.
In his collection, Pinar&Viola observe a critique on societal norms of gender, race, religion and sexuality, including destructions of stereotypes and ideologies.
With today’s expansion of identity politics and the booming prosecution of middle-class, narrow-minded morality in the discourses of popular culture and public policy, Pinar&Viola state the veil as the neo black.

March 25 – April 17, 2011
Schrank8, Amsterdam

Posted in Art, Graphic Design


March 18th, 2011


To say that the end result is what counts is just not true. Especially in design. Rather, a good designer is more concerned with the process; that winding, potholed road he embarks upon every time he gets a new job.
Manifesto – travelling exhibition & book – is an ongoing project that leaves the final result to one side so as to focus on the creative process. It brings together under one roof the personal manifestos of some of today’s smartest and most renowned international designers.
Whilst some of these statements are very well known, others have been prepared exclusively for the project: some are programmatic pieces of writing, some are detailed work manuals, all are passionate tributes to graphic design, creativity and the design culture.

Posted in Graphic Design

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