*Latent Stare* – David Bennewith

June 28th, 2012

*Latent Stare* is an exhibition project that looks at the discipline of type- design through a particular critical lens, assembled by David Bennewith.

Type-design is an ever-present, though extremely latent, work in our time of over- information and communication: not only image but also letters saturate daily unconscious and conscious seeing/reading habits. With *Latent Stare*, David Bennewith singles-out this discipline, out of the larger discipline called “design”, and puts it back into the ecology of everyday practice where the typefaces programmed intention, production and distribution are at constant play. For this reason, this project seems to be highly discipline focused but also extra-disciplinary. It’s speculative of what a typeface could do (the question of its agency) in the public realm, through different propositions and works by artists and designers.

With contributions by Hinrich Sachs, Paul Elliman, Runa Islam, Peter Verheul, Luke Wood, Herman Damen, Karl Nawrot, Jo De Baerdemaeker, Paul Chan, Vasilis Marmatakis, Ji Lee, Christoph Knoth, Frank Adebiaye, Joseph Churchward, Amber Frid-Jimenez, Felix Weigand.

July 8 – September 9, 2012
Casco, Utrecht

Publishing Class – Book Kiosk & Book Launch

June 28th, 2012

In 2010, Casco was commissioned by Dutch Art Institute (DAI)/ArtEZ, to develop a two-year educational trajectory for publishing in art practice. The Publishing Class was then conceived to delve into the act of publishing as a critical art practice, both as a way to make things public – forming publicness – and as a form of dissemination beyond time and space constraints.

In the first year, the program was facilitated by monthly guests, exploring diverse aspects of publishing and its social and political urgencies. In the second year, the “class” operated in three editorial cooperatives, each under the guidance of artists Mattin, Falke Pisano and Wendelien van Oldenborgh respectively. The students teamed up with designers from the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem to develop each own book, based on the collaboration beyond the established manner of “art and design” relationship.

The outcome of this collaboration is thirteen singular books and printed matters.

Book launches and kiosk will be accompanied with a guest lecture by Hilde de Bruijn on the prolific publishing activities of artist Asger Jorn from theoretical writing via magazine publishing to experimental and/or instituting practice.

July 7, 2012
Casco, Utrecht

Posted in Art, Books, Graphic Design

Portfolios: Atlas – Huz & Bosshard – Raquel Pinto – Info and Updates

June 22nd, 2012

Atlas – Martin Andereggen, Claudio Gasser & Jonas Wandeler

Huz & Bosshard – Olivier Huz & Ariane Bosshard

Raquel Pinto

Info and Updates – Isabelle Campeau & Maxime Harvey

Posted in Graphic Design

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2011

June 22nd, 2012

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books exists since 1943 and recognizes excellence in the field of book design and production, as well drawing attention to remarkable and contemporary books by Swiss designers, printers and publishers. A five-member jury awarded a total of 27 books published in 2011. The Jan Tschichold Award, which honours excellence in the field of book design, goes to a printer for the very first time.

July 6-8 2012, Exhibition opening & catalogue presentation,
Talks, Films & Various Interventions with Sam de Groot, Jan Wenzel,
Occasional Papers, Jan ­Frederik Bandel… Download detailed programme
Helmhaus, Zürich

Posted in Graphic Design

Werkplaats Typografie – End of the Year Show 2012

June 20th, 2012

For the End of the Year Show 2012, thousands of years will be explored through work from the previous two years at the Werkplaats Typografie.

In conjunction with the End of the Year Show 2012, Werkplaats Typografie & ArtEZ Institute of the Arts presents two lectures with Elizabeth Price – an artist who creates video installations incorporating digital moving image, text and music – and Owen Hatherley – a writer on architecture, urbanism and popular culture.

7-8 july, 2012
De Ateliers, Amsterdam


June 20th, 2012

From June to September, Open Field transforms the Walker Art Center’s big, green yard into a cultural commons. The space is designed in the spirit of the “gift economy,” to explore what happens when people get together to share and exchange skills and interests, to create something new, or delve into the unknown.

For their residency (July 17-29), ROLU have developed a series of hands-on public activities organized around the ideas and people that have influenced them, as well as their wide-ranging interests: landscape and architectural design, urban planning, furniture design, modern and contemporary art history, collaborative public art, and more.

ROLU is an experimental design studio located in Minneapolis that’s focused on exploring the relationship between life, our surroundings and the objects and ideas that fill those spaces. Its practice was founded and continues to have a strong connection to landscape design but also extends to furniture design and collaborative architectural projects as well as urban planning work and public art.

Posted in Architecture, Art, Design

The Aspen Complex – Martin Beck

June 15th, 2012

The Aspen Complex documents Martin Beck’s exhibition which draws on the events of the 1970 International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA) and the development of the Aspen Movie Map to form a visual environment that reflects the interrelations between art, architecture, design, ecology, and social movements. The book also brings together yet unpublished archival material and new research.

The 1970 IDCA marked a turning point in design thinking. The conference’s theme, “Environment by Design”, brought together venerable figures of modern design in the United States, including Eliot Noyes, George Nelson, and Saul Bass; environmental collectives and activist architects from Berkeley such as the Environmental Action Group, Sim Van der Ryn, and Ant Farm; as well as a group of French designers and sociologists, among them Jean Aubert, Lionel Schein, and Jean Baudrillard. The conference quickly escalated into a site of unresolvable conflict about communication formats and the potential role of design for environmental practices in a rapidly changing society.

The ensuing decade heralded the development of an interactive navigation system, which used the same Colorado resort town as its test site. The Aspen Movie Map – initiated by MIT’s Architecture Machine Group (the predecessor to the Media Lab) and partially funded by the US Department of Defense – is an image-based surrogate travel system using footage filmed in Aspen. Meant to prepare users for quick orientation in places they have never been to, the Aspen Movie Map was a seminal prototype for today’s military and consumer navigation systems.

Book launch & film screening
June 20 2012, 7pm
castillo/corrales, Paris

Posted in Architecture, Art, Books, Design

FIGURE Issue 1

June 15th, 2012

FIGURE is a Paris-based cultural journal – Art, design, music, architecture, nature, photography, medias, gastronomy, style, sport and art de vivre – investigations, featuring 10 people to admire each issue. Biannual and bilingual, each issue features 10 portraits of anonymous, emerging, famous or iconic personalities.

FIGURE Issue 1 with Ferran Adrià, Famille Besse, Charlotte Cheetham, Façade, Jonathan Lasker, Michelle, P.-M. Oum Sack, Lafayette, Jonathan Zebina, Rachel de Joode.

Launch June 20, 2012, 6pm
confirm your venue to info@figure-magazine.fr
Le Comptoir Général, Paris

Posted in Art, Periodicals

Two or Three Things I Know About Provo

June 14th, 2012

Experimental Jetset present a reworked and reinterpreted version of Two or Three Things I Know About Provo exhibition adding new material and updated texts, as well as video- and audio-material.

Provo was an Amsterdam anarchist movement that existed for just two years (1965-1967), although its existence resonated for years to come, in the Netherlands and abroad. Through conceptual activism and speculative political proposals (the ‘white plans’), the Provo movement captured the imagination of a generation, and forever shaped the Dutch political and cultural landscape.
In the exhibition, we follow the figure of Rob Stolk (1946-2001), one of the main founders of Provo. Coming from a socialist working class background, Stolk was involved in activism from a very young age. His involvement in Provo forced him to become a printer; since mainstream printing offices refused to handle the subversive and sometimes illegal Provo material, he had no other option than to print these publications himself. Reflecting on this situation, Stolk often quoted American journalist A. J. Liebling: “Freedom of the press is for those who own one”.

On the occasion of the exhibition, a catalogue will be published, designed by Experimental Jetset and featuring contributions by Auke Boersma, Johannes Schwartz and Marek Pokorny.

June 22 – October 28, 2012
Moravian Gallery, Brno

Posted in Art, Graphic Design

Robert Ashley Speaking Thru Will Holder

June 13th, 2012

Scrivener’s Monthly explores the space between material practices and spoken words: a periodical that talks. This experiment in “not publishing” will involve readings, performances, and other articulations.

For the first iteration, Will Holder will host a series of events related to the work of contemporary American composer Robert Ashley.

Will Holder is a British typographer who edits and publishes. His publications do not always take the form of ink and paper, but are often talks, presentations, readings, or rehearsals. With composer Alex Waterman, he has been developing a notational system for Robert Ashley’s last three untranscribed operas. Since 2005, they have been scoring Yes, But Is It Edible?, a biography of Robert Ashley, for four or more voices. Forthcoming, 2013.

June 14-16, 2012
The Western Front, Vancouver

Posted in Art

The Transdisciplinary Studio

June 11th, 2012

Alex Coles is the author of The Transdisciplinary Studio, a study of the studio models of artists and designers including Jorge Pardo, Konstantin Grcic, Olafur Eliasson, and Åbäke; and Vito Acconci, Gui Bonsiepe, James Clifford, Dexter Sinister, Martino Gamper, Ryan Gander, Caroline Jones, Ronald Jones, Maria Lind, Alessandro Mendini, Rick Poynor, and Andrea Zittel. The book posits that artists and designers are now defined not by their discipline but by the fluidity with which their practices move between them.
The Transdisciplinary Studio is the first volume of a series of books by Alex Coles on the expanded studio model and contemporary praxis.

Book launch & talk,
Alex Coles with Martin Boyce, Konstantin Grcic, June 17, 2012, 1pm, Art Basel, Basel
Alex Coles with Ryan Gander, Michael Marriot, Åbäke, July 13, 2012, 1pm, ICA, London

Out of the box: archive night at St Bride

June 11th, 2012

Varityper headline font disc from St Bride Library archives. ©2005 Ben Weiner

During Out of the box: archive night at St Bride, a panel of distinguished guests will dig deep into the legendary archives of St Bride Library to select some fascinating artefacts from the history of graphic design and printing.
For this informal evening event our guest selectors have chosen items from St Bride that have a particular (and contemporary) resonance for them – like a ‘Desert Island Discs’ for graphic design.

With Paul Barnes (type designer, Commercial Type), Sara De Bondt (graphic designer), Mark Thomson (graphic designer), Alan Powers (design historian, University of Greenwich), Simon Esterson (art director, Eye).

June 28, 2012, 7pm
St Bride Foundation, London

Posted in Books, Graphic Design


June 11th, 2012

POST is a new type of bookshop, in Tokyo, in which the handling books are to be totally replaced periodically. By featuring books in units of publisher for each period, visitors can see and feel the publisher’s unique world view which they hardly notice in conventional bookshops.


June 10th, 2012

Tombolo – initié par officeabc (Catherine Guiral, Brice Domingues) et Thierry Chancogne – est une nouvelle revue en ligne qui voudrait créer des liens entre les archipels du savoir sur le graphisme et plus si affinités, dans une forme critique propre, avec des contributeurs d’ici et d’ailleurs.

Posted in Graphic Design

Construction School – James Langdon

June 8th, 2012

James Langdon will present an ongoing research project on the subject of the Construction School, an experimental design programme in Bristol, England (1964 to 1979).

This work explores the history of a bold attempt to establish an experimental art school in a provincial English context. The first phase (1964 to 1968) placed an emphasis on interdisciplinary working and collaboration. The second phase (1975 to 1977) was defined by a radical attempt to decentralise the educational structure of the school.
The school’s history is closely bound to the career and concerns of its founder Norman Potter, a practitioner in the margins of a mid-twentieth century English design culture. His work at the Construction School represents a period of intense critical thought about the structure of design education. The constitution of the school exemplified many of the ideas expressed in Potter’s What is a Designer, a text that was formulated during his time in Bristol. In particular Potter’s emphasis on the relational aspects of design – the mechanics of social interactions that shape design processes – was a defining feature of his programme.

June 29, 2012
Corner College, Zürich

The Travel Almanac

June 8th, 2012

The Travel Almanac explores the topics of traveling and temporary habitation from the personal perspectives of innovative figures in the fashion, music, art, and film worlds. Addressing an increasingly mobilized creative community, it is the first publication of its kind to speak to this sophisticated generation of travelers. The plurality of this community inspires the magazine to focus on individual’s personal experiences and the effects of travel on their lives and work.

Posted in Art, Periodicals

Escola Aberta

June 6th, 2012

The Escola Aberta will be a temporary design school in Rio de Janeiro, from the 6th till the 11th of August 2012.
Directed at students, young professionals and artists, the Escola Aberta aims to ignite a discussion on ways of practising and teaching design. Its main intention is to encourage the exchange of ideas between the Netherlands and Brazil, raising questions and opening a contemplative arena rather than offering definite solutions.
Teachers and students of graphic design from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie have developed a program of activities for the duration of one week. Lectures, workshops, performances and discussions will challenge the conventions of design, both in theory and in practice.
The event will bring 40 students and teachers from the Netherlands to Brazil.

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is a school of arts and design based in Amsterdam, whose international character fosters a rich exchange of knowledge, skills and customs. The graphic design department aims to stimulate critical thinking, an authorial position of the designer and a close relationship between autonomous and applied work. Enjoying a non-hierarchical structure, teachers and students engage in an intensified exchange of opinions and ideas.

The school seeks critical and open minds: participants will be challenged to act as teachers, students, masters, apprentices, designers and artists.
Application will be open until the 1st of July 2012.

Useless: New Writing in Art and Design

June 6th, 2012

Useless: New Writing in Art and Design: The inaugural class of the MA in Critical Writing in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art offer their writing skills for the purpose of exploring value in the useless; in art, in design, in life. Developed through a series of workshops in collaboration with Icon deputy editor and author of Care of Wooden Floors Will Wiles, work presented deconstructs and rebuilds in earnest the fundamentals of being useless. The book has been designed by RCA graduate Pedro Cid Proença, with cover illustration by Fabienne Hess.

Launch June 13, 2012, 6.30pm
Will Wiles will be on hand to ponder the idea of uselessness
while performance artists will, throughout the evening, make both object and text their own.
Banner Repeater, London

Verities N°2 The Muse Issue

June 6th, 2012

Verities is an independent biannual publication of thought, observation and reflection, giving equal focus to visual arts and literature. Each issue artists and authors explore a new theme through artworks, photography, design, fashion, essays and short stories. Verities makes intellectual content accessible, yet is not afraid to challenge its readers.

Verities N°2 The Muse Issue highlights include Devin Blair, Harry Callahan, Lucile Dupraz, Paul Elliman , James Ferraro, Nan Goldin, Matthieu Lavanchy & Jonas Marguet, Catherine Lord, Gustav Metzger, Simon Haenni. Writing by Zaynab Dena Ziari, Kate O’Brien, Jemma Desai, Phillipa Snow, Roland Früh, Catherine Lord.

Posted in Art, Periodicals


June 4th, 2012

Back Cover, graphic design, typography, etc. is a publication focusing on thinking and analyzing graphic design and typographic practices; and to a larger extent visual arts. It is a platform for major actors from all over the world who make or study the visual environment we live in, and whose works, ideas or opinions are strong and relevant.
Back Cover is not a news-mag. It offers thoughts, historical and critical analysis, individual and collective experiments. Each issue gathers contributions from world-famous figures in the above fields (graphic designers, type designers, artists, art critics & historians, specialized journalists…) in various forms: interviews, diaries, theoretical texts, lectures transcriptions…
Back Cover is an independent magazine created and run by designers, conceived as a tool of thought, discovery and work.

Back Cover #5 – with Peter Bi?ak, Irma Boom, Richard Hollis, Robin Kinross, Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié, Norman Potter, Fogelson-Lubliner, Laura Forde, Victor Guégan, Happypets, Conny Purtill, Paul Renner, Joël Vacheron, Cornel Windlin – launches a new format. The new, more realistic periodicity will enable us to offer richer contents, reflecting the growing diversity of the creation fields which have been present since the first issue.

Launch June 29, 2012, 6.30pm
Section 7 Books, Paris

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