Are You Talking to Me? – Conceptual design in the communication of art institutions – is an international conference concerned with extended questions regarding graphic design. How can the internet presence of art institutions be developed, and what significance does this have in the communication with visitors and virtual public spheres? How are an institution’s thematic focus points and objectives conveyed through the structure of the site, the functions it contains and the way it is designed? What is the connection between online and offline formats and media? In what way are graphic design and the structure of the institution mutually dependent? Within the framework of the public conference, these questions will be examined using the example of institutions of various sizes and organisational structures (artists’ spaces, art associations, museums). At the same time, the role of graphic designers in the area of conflict between the specific requirements of the institution, the task at hand and their own visibility will be a central theme.
Speakers: Urs Lehni (Corner College, Zurich), James Langdon (Eastside Projects, Birmingham), Binna Choi (Casco, Utrecht), David Bennewith (Colophon, Amsterdam), Andrew Blauvelt (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis).
October 19, 2012, 3-6pm, Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig
A Library of Friends – organized in cooperation with OIiver KIimpel and the Klasse System-Design at the Academy for Visual Arts Leipzig – is a series of talks and a library of books that have become friends and dear companions to the invited speakers. Each of always two guests will be talking about one significant book chosen by him or her that is not in the college library yet, but will now become part of the growing Library of Friends.
With: David Bennewith (Colophon, Amsterdam) and the book by Mike Nelson ‘A forgotten kingdom’, 2010; James Langdon (Eastside Projects, Birmingham) and the book by Helen Douglas / Telfer Stokes, ‘Chinese Whispers’, 1975
October 20, 2012, 5-7 pm, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig