25th Brno Biennial – Talks

April 27th, 2012

The 25th Brno Biennial consists of A an international competition, B an exhibition under a guest curator, C accompanying thematic shows and D an introductory three-day series of Biennial Talks.
The core of the upcoming jubilee 25th Brno Biennial is its international competition, the aim of which is to present a broad spectrum of contemporary graphic design and its metamorphoses across media and forms. The related exhibition is based on works selected by a specialist board featuring designers and design theoreticians.

Lectures and presentations by designers and design theoreticians: Andrew Blauvelt, Sulki & Min, Zak Kyes, R. V. Novák and Jan van Toorn, Na Kim, Kasia Korczak, Adéla Svobodová & Tereza Hejmová & Pauline Kerleroux, Karel Haloun, Jon Sueda, Experimental Jetset and Milan Knížák, Karl Nawrot, James Langdon, Linked by Air, Christoph Keller and Katerina Sedá.

June 23-24, 2012
Moravian Gallery, Brno

Posted in Graphic Design

Moving Picture Show – Jürg Lehni

April 26th, 2012

Moving Picture Show
by Jürg Lehni

The current migration from analogue to digital movie projections in cinemas across the globe is slowly rendering the medium of 35mm motion picture film obsolete, along with the technical equipment used to produce and screen such film.
In Moving Picture Show, a scenario of production of animated drawings and text is created by reappropriating a process normally used by the film industry to etch subtitles into the emulsion layer of 35mm film using a high-powered precision laser. By etching away the emulsion, only the clear base of the film remains. Projected onto the screen, the lines appear bright and clear.
Changing the working range of the laser and replacing the software interface to such a machine leads to new possibilities: Animations and full-frame drawings can be realised on top of film. The film can either consist of existing material, film created purely for this purpose, or black, non-developed film.
During the 23rd International Poster and Graphic Design Festival in Chaumont, the jesuits chapel will be transformed into a workshop, a scenario of conception, production and projection of a series of short films produced in this way. Several contributing designers and artists are invited to engage with the production facility and collaborate on the contents of the show, producing films that will be projected repeatedly during the festival. Meanwhile the laser machine which is also present in the chapel is slowly producing new films for future screenings.
Invited Artists (not final): David Reinfurt, Karl Nawrot, Konstantin Grcic, Triin Tamm.

May 26 – June 10, 2012
International Poster and Graphic Design Festival, Chaumont

La Grande Ourse – appel à candidatures

April 26th, 2012

La Grande Ourse est une résidence de recherche, pensée et élaborée comme une master class proposée par les trois Écoles Nationales Supérieures d’Art, Bourges, Cergy, Dijon, le pôle graphisme de Chaumont, et le Parc Saint Léger-Centre d’art contemporain.
Trois artistes issus des écoles partenaires, un théoricien et un graphiste émergents seront sélectionnés pour cette résidence de recherche qui se déroulera durant trois mois, de janvier à mars 2013, sur le site du Parc Saint Léger, centre d’art contemporain de Pougues-les-eaux.

Par ce biais, La Grande Ourse souhaite renforcer l’interaction entre recherche plastique, théorique et graphique. Pensée sur un mode expérimental, son ambition est de créer les conditions de développement d’axes de recherches personnelles dans un environnement collaboratif. La rencontre dans un même espace-temps d’une micro communauté issue de trois disciplines distinctes de la création contemporaine poursuit une logique de dissipation des frontières propre au champ de l’art afin de privilégier le partage de méthode, de recherche et de production.

Au terme de cette période, un objet éditorial, territoire commun aux résidents, sera réalisé. Cet objet collectif constituera un espace d’échange des positions artistiques de chacun, de convergence des réflexions conduites en commun, de questionnements et de dialogue de leur recherche et de leur pratique. Quelle que soit sa forme, espace d’exposition, journal de bord, album de famille, manuel d’histoire, cet objet collectif s’inscrira au croisement de la théorie et de la pratique, des arts visuels et des arts appliqués, de l’art et de sa transmission.


April 26th, 2012


For more than fifty years, Saul Steinberg was The New Yorker’s in-house observer, visual epitome, and its chief cartoonist. This exhibition, naming The New Yorker’s consecutive editors, collects some two hundred of his one thousand published contributions, presented as is: magazines, collected through time, some slightly yellowed and hung with that irrevocable library smell…

We can’t imagine how you could see Steinberg’s stenographic line without seeing the page it is on. “Everything has a message,” Steinberg noted. The circulatory system has a message, the page has a message, the ads have a message, the neighborhood of fiction and news have a message, all of it makes for juxtapositions as eerily apposite as anything the French surrealists or a blender could come up with.

The exhibition program will include a lecture by the exhibition coordinators Robert Snowden and Scott Ponik, a talk by Stuart Bailey of Dexter Sinister on July 3, and a screening of The Right Way by Fischli and Weiss on Saturday, August 4.

June 16 – August 10, 2012
YALE UNION (YU), Portland

ABOUT – Independent Publishing Fair

April 25th, 2012

“We are ABOUT to make history” is the motto of the first ABOUT Independent Publishing Fair in Mainz. With more than 25 participants from all across the country and a focus on the presentation of student’s publications from various art academies, it facilitates exchange and dialogue with like-minded people as well as the general public.

Posted in Art, Books, Graphic Design

PROJEKTIL 2012 – We’ll be right there

April 24th, 2012

Projektil is an international series of lectures at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar. It was initiated in 2007 by students of the Faculty of Art and Design due to a missing professorship in graphic design. Since then this event is presented annually and, because of the enormous success and request, its organization is passed on from students to students.
In addition to presentations by leading personalities of the creative field, workshops of several days’ duration are offered to all students interested.
This year, the guest speakers are invited to display their personal finding of paths and how barriers are faced in their daily work routine — along the lines of “We’ll be right there.”

With Till Wiedeck&Timm Häneke, Na Kim, Veronica Ditting, Manuel Raeder, Emil Kozak, Prof.Andreas Uebele, Patrick Desbrosses, Jürg Lehni, Schroeter&Berger, Haw-linServices.

Until July 21
Bauhaus–University, Weimar

Posted in Graphic Design

BUNK: Celebrating 60 Years of the Independent Group

April 23rd, 2012

BUNK: Celebrating 60 Years of the Independent Group

The Independent Group looked at, discussed, analysed, wrote about, designed, built and assembled a galaxy of highly significant work exploring contemporary culture “as found”. Using a range of sources including the pages of science-fiction magazines, Jackson Pollock’s paintings, Hollywood film, helicopter design, the streets of London’s East End and modernist architecture the Independent Group created a radical approach to looking at and working with visual culture.”

It’s 60 years since the Independent Group first met, and the work is attracting increased attention on an international scale. This two day event celebrates the Independent Group’s legacy at the very institution which first fostered and encouraged it. Contributors explore the history and legacy of the Independent Group in relation to art, architecture, design, material culture, photography and critical theory.

April 26-27, 2012
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Apartamento issue #09

April 23rd, 2012

Apartamento is an everyday life interiors bi-annual magazine written in English. A place in print about people, not just objects.
Apartamento features the homes and lives of creative people, both established and emerging, from all over the world. It understands interior design as a means of personal expression, showing how people arrange their homes and the solutions they find to the same problems that everyone has. Apartamento puts forward a fresh and simply crafted aesthetic. It cares about the way people live and their relationships to the places they live.

Apartamento issue #09 features Tierney Gearon, Duncan Fallowell, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Conor Donlon, Nanos Valaoritis,Tomás Nervi, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Jean Abou, Li Edelkoort, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nic & Jackie Harrison, Gonzalo Milà, Jordi Labanda, Jem Goulding, Ramdane Touhami, Chris Johanson & Jo Jackson, BOPBAA, José León Cerrillo, India Salvor Menuez, Nicolas Congé & Camille Berthomier, Henry Roy, Jeff Rian, Max Lamb, Reg Mombassa. Plus: a fiction supplement by Jocko Weyland and Amanda Maxwell.

Posted in Art, Periodicals

BradAndAngelina aka YGDMFA2012 aka Coachella aka GraphicMag22Release aka BookShelfBeta aka CharlesManson aka GRiSInternationalPerformance aka YaleGraphicDesignThesisShow12

April 22nd, 2012


“KombuchaTea is a graphic design exhibition to be held at Green Hall Gallery in the Yale School of Art, opening May 5, 2012 at 6:00 PM. It is the work of 16 students, the launch of a magazine, an eBook platform, a Turbo Folk fanzine, and graphic design mixtapes. WrestleMania is 3 floors, 13 websites, 2 projections, 5 screens, 6 speakers, 232 printed pieces, and 2 sets of headphones (maybe).

ChrisBrownAndRihanna maximizes all available resources—using, subverting, interacting with, and exhausting all available networks and reconfiguring existing materials with a new agenda. You can call this hacking, you can call this “truth to materials,” you can call this media agnosticism, or you can call this resourcefulness as we call for attention in crowded visual, audible and fourth-dimensional fields with fewer financial resources and an exponentially growing number of platforms for distribution. WheresMyRefund is a show without a hierarchy, in fact, its a show without a title. DumbAndDumber2 is a dynamic set of interactions which promotes both a disorienting sense of subversion and the utopian ideal of equivalence. CoryBooker is a trending search term, an aggregate as well as a calcified, specific time and place. This is RepublicanDebate aka Graphic22Release aka BookShelfBeta aka BalkaniaFanzineLaunch aka GRiSIntrnationalPerformance aka YaleGraphicDesignThesisShow2012.”

April 26 – May 5, 2012
Yale School of Art, New Haven

Bauhaus: Art as Life

April 22nd, 2012

Bauhaus: Art as Life

The biggest Bauhaus exhibition in the UK in over 40 years presents the modern world’s most famous art school. From expressionist beginnings to a pioneering model uniting art and technology, this London exhibition presents the Bauhaus’ utopian vision to change society in the aftermath of the First World War. Bauhaus: Art as Life explores the diverse artistic production that made up its turbulent fourteen-year history and delves into the subjects at the heart of the school: art, culture, life, politics and society, and the changing technology of the age.

Bauhaus: Art as Life will feature a rich array of painting, sculpture, design, architecture, film, photography, textiles, ceramics, theatre and installation. Exemplar works from such Bauhaus Masters as Josef and Anni Albers, Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Hannes Meyer, László Moholy-Nagy, Oskar Schlemmer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Gunta Stölzl, will be presented alongside works by lesser-known Bauhaus artists and students.

May 3 – August 12, 2012
Barbican, London

Jacqueline De Jong’s – Situationist Times, 1962-1967

April 19th, 2012

Jacqueline De Jong’s – Situationist Times, 1962-1967

Dutch artist and graphic designer Jacqueline de Jong joined the Situationist International in 1960. De Jong suggested the publication of an English language newsletter in November of 1960, to be co-edited with British Situationist Alexander Trocchi (who was in prison at the time). The publication was widely discussed at Situationist conferences in 1961, and the first issue of The Situationist Times was published in May of 1962.
De Jong was determined to produce “a completely free magazine, based on the most creative of the Situationist ideas.
The archival materials, issues and artwork relating to the six issues of The Situationist Times, are a marriage of raging political polemic and superb and explosive visual art by masters such as De Jong, Jorn, Pierre Alechinsky, and Gruppe SPUR at the top of their game.

May 9-25, 2012
Boo-Hooray, New York


April 17th, 2012


Le catalogue et ses hybrides met en scène des projets qui rendent compte de la diversité de l’offre éditoriale liée au contexte d’exposition.
Ces espaces imprimés de rencontres – format d’interaction entre un lieu d’art (centre d’art, galerie, musée…), un commissaire, un artiste, un designer graphique … – questionnent notamment l’objet livre comme alternative à l’espace d’exposition.
De l’objet documentaire – le catalogue – à la formule imprimée composite – livre d’artiste – certaines de ces publications proposent un traitement plus complexe de la documentation des productions artistiques et des pratiques curatoriales.
Source, trace ou prolongement de l’éphémère, chacune de ces expériences imprimées, réactivées à chaque lecture, constitue un espace alternatif de mémoire vive, un nouveau contexte d’existence de l’œuvre d’art. Emancipé, le catalogue défie et contourne l’exposition.
Le contexte d’exposition génère des expérimentations éditoriales mettant en tension l’espace d’exposition et la documentation traditionnelle. En voici un extrait:

- une exposition de projets éditoriaux contemporains lecatalogueetseshybrides.tumblr.com
- un extrait de la collection FMRA du cneai=
- un libraire associé Théophile’s Papers

Samedi 28 avril
17h, Museum of Museum: conférence-performance
18h, Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié & Yann Sérandour: Discussion

27-29 avril 2012
vernissage vendredi 27, 18h-21h
Le Moinsun, Paris

Hey Now!

April 16th, 2012

Hey Now!
by Jens Schildt

Walking along, but more importantly, looking down while walking along. The ground that you see when you are on your way – home (from a night out), or the other way – to work perhaps? You might be interested in letters, the things that usually [seem to] go back on themselves. You are always looking for things that remind you of them, things that change your conception of them – things that will lead to new designs, new formal solutions, or simply comforts making you feel less bad about yourself. Sometimes these things are best found by chance, or better, by detritus. Detritus with limits. These things you might want to collect, carry around with you; in your phone’s memory.

Hey Now!, assembled by Jens Schildt and designed together with David Bennewith, is the second booklet in a series of publications dedicated to the typographical And. Published by Silver Fern Press/Colophon.

Book launch April 19, 7pm
Lost Property, Amsterdam

Posted in Books, Graphic Design

Pour une critique du design graphique – Présentation

April 16th, 2012

Pour une critique du design graphique
Dix-huit essais, Catherine de Smet

Comment le logo du Centre Pompidou a-t-il été créé? Une théorie urbaine peut-elle s’exprimer dans la conception matérielle d’un livre? Le design graphique a-t-il servi la cause des femmes? En quoi consistent les archives spécialisées?
Cet ouvrage est le premier recueil de textes de l‘historienne de l’art et critique Catherine de Smet.

25 avril, 18h30
Librairie Le Monte en l’air, Paris

Posted in Books, Graphic Design

Things to Do

April 13th, 2012

Things to Do
compiled by Rafael Koch, Jürg Lehni and Urs Lehni

The world of instruments available to the designer has expanded dramatically in recent years and thanks to rapid technological progress is today available to a broad mass of users. The works shown here reflect this democratization of the means used in various ways. On the one hand new production processes created especially for specific situations are employed, while on the other hand existing processes are appropriated, adapted and transformed. This produces an distinct aesthetic, while at the same time questioning the role of technology and its standards. The works in “Things to Do” operate within a deliberately restricted range of design possibilities. These stubborn tools can do almost nothing, but they can do it all the better.

With Hisham Almannai, Jürg Lehni & Alex Rich, Maximage, Karl Nawrot, Jonathan Puckey, Rokfor, Rollo Press, écal Lausanne.

During 100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design
April 19 – June 3, 2012
Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich

Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language

April 11th, 2012

Tauba Auerbach. How to Spell the Alphabet. 2005 – Shannon Ebner. RAW WAR. 2004 – Bruce Nauman. Raw War. 1970 – Experimental Jetset. Zang Tum Tum. If You Want It. 2003

Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language explores the material qualities of language in contemporary art across a wide range of mediums. The exhibition looks at some of the ways contemporary artists have experimented with language, freeing it from the page and from its communicative and descriptive duties.

The contemporary works featured in this exhibition belong to a distinguished history of
poem/objects and concrete language experiments dating to the beginnings of modernism, and
include both Futurist and Dada objects as well as Neo-Dada experiments of the late 1950s, and works that sprang from international literary movements like concrete and sound poetry in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. This history is presented in the form of a timeline of objects in many mediums that tell a story of concrete language in visual art.
Artists in this historical section of the exhibition include: Carl Andre, Marcel Broodthaers, Henri Chopin, Marcel Duchamp, Ian Hamilton Finlay, John Giorno, Kitasono Katue, Ferdinand Kriwet, Liliane Lijn, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Bruce Nauman, Lawrence Weiner, and others.
Artists in the contemporary section of the exhibition include: Ei Arakawa/Nikolas Gambaroff, Tauba Auerbach, Dexter Sinister (David Reinfurt and Stuart Bailey), Trisha Donnelly, Shannon Ebner, Paul Elliman, Experimental Jetset, Sharon Hayes, Karl Holmqvist, Paulina Olowska, Adam Pendleton, and Nora Schultz.

Although they are similar in inspiration, the contemporary works in Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language represent a radical updating of the concrete language experiments of the 20th century. Moving freely among disciplines, the contemporary artists in this exhibition function simultaneously as poets, writers, performers, and graphic designers, producing hybrid works of art in which the letter, the word, and the phrase are transcribed into sounds, symbols, pictures, or patterns, scrambled, negated, and most importantly, freed from the page and, in some cases, the duties of communication altogether.

Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language is accompanied by a publication designed and produced by Dexter Sinister that includes text by Ms. Hoptman, reproductions of works in the exhibition, and an exhibition checklist. The publication also exists as an issue of the composite printed and electronic publication Bulletins of the Serving Library, a continuing series published twice-yearly by Dexter Sinister.

May 6–August 27, 2012
MoMA, New York


April 8th, 2012

Belgian artists’ books from Verheyen until today.

Vaast Colson, artist, and Johan Pas, art historian, searched into archives and brought an overview (bookshow) of around 150 artist’s books from as many artists, from 1960 to today. A book fair and a book talk will bring creators, publishers and collectors together, allowing conversations and meetings.
BOOKSHOWBOOKSHOP wishes to provide the present day wave of artist’s publications and small press with a memory and a discourse.

Artists Gerard Herman, Pol Matthé, Peter Morrens, Sophie Nys, Ria Pacquée, Guy Rombouts and Reinaart Vanhoe contributed to an anthology, using only a sophisticated photocopier. This edition, The Ricoh book, is a homage to the legendary Xerox Book (published by Seth Siegelaub in New York in 1968).

April 14 – June 10
Be-Part, Waregem

Posted in Art, Books

Experiments in Publication: Artists’ Magazines

April 8th, 2012

Fillip #16 ©Motto

Experiments in Publication: Artists’ Magazines

In conjunction with the exhibition Millennium Magazines, this panel explores how and why artists create magazines. Artists, publishers, and writers talk about their publications and the collaborative nature of their work, promoting social and political ideas, employing creative editorial practices, appropriating materials, and building artist communities.

Participants include K8 Hardy of LTTR, Flint Jamison of Veneer Magazine, Kristina Lee Podesva and Jeff Khonsary of Fillip, and Anthony Smyrski of Megawords. David Senior, Bibliographer, MoMA Library, moderates.

April 9, 6pm
MoMA, New York

Archizines + Arch-Art! Books

April 8th, 2012

Archizines + Arch-Art! Books
A double exhibition with 80 magazines, 80 feet of books and other printed matters.

Archizines + Arch-Art! Books is a double exhibition consisting of Archizines curated by Elias Redstone and Arch-Art! Books, curated by Adam O’Reilly for Printed Matter, Inc. that brings to the table a hypothesis: printed matter matters . Consisting of an eclectic selection of new independent and alternative magazines, fanzines and journals from around the world (that can be read as a contemporary response to the Clip Stamp Fold exhibition curated by Beatriz Colomina at Storefront in 2007, which explored the little magazines phenomenon in the 60’s and 70’s), together with a selection of contemporary artist books with architecture at the center, the exhibition is a temporary library for contemporary approaches to architecture from different disciplinary origins and degrees of expertise.

Archizines was recently launched by Elias Redstone as a research project to celebrate and promote the resurgence of independent and alternative publishing.
In Storefront, a bespoke design by (Giancarlo Valle, Isaiah King, Ryan Neiheiser) that draws inspiration from the quintessential New York model of publication display – the newstand – and turns it on its side.

Arch-Art! Books presents a selection of artists’ books culled from Printed Matter, Inc.’s current catalog and presents them as a medium through which architecture might be photographically and representationally explored. Each book is an flâneur’s response to the urban environment, documenting the social patina and environmental decay left on architectural space.

Together, the complementary shows form an exhibition of exchange and dialog; mining the overlap and friction found in the recent resurgence of alternative and independent architecture and art publishing from around the world.

The exhibition also includes additional printed material (a graphic façade, newsprint, and catalogue) designed by Benjamin Critton that bring together ideas presented in each exhibition.

In conjunction with the presentation of Archizines, Storefront will host a 2-day symposium on publishing practices.

Archizines, April 18 – June 9
Arch-Art! Books, May 5 – June 9
Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York

Text Library – during Facing Pages

April 6th, 2012

© Thomas Petitjean & Hugo Anglade

Text Library

A collection of writings – ideas & emotions – about Art & Design,
from international contemporary periodicals, selected by artists, curators, art historians, graphic designers, designers & publishers…

A periodical publication (magazine, journal, etc.) is a space for creation, incarnated in itself (treated as an object, designed), but it is also a space of expression, a specific medium in which communicate ideas and commitments, a tool to engage a debate, a good partner for criticism.

The space will gather critical texts extracted from contemporary art, design and graphic design independent magazines selected by Charlotte Cheetham and guests – artists, graphic designers, curators, publishers – who submitted texts/articles from periodicals and which they think must be read.
The space of the project will simulate a study/reading room of a library in which the public will be able to spend time to read but will also be welcomed to discuss and exchange ideas.
Thanks to an in-situ photocopier, the public will also be able to duplicate the texts and create their own reader, their own catalogue of the project, bounded within a cover specially designed for the event. In brief, a way to spread and archive the words of these authors presented during these 3 days… text-library.tumblr.com

April 20-22, 2012
Facing Pages, Arnhem

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