Summer School 2013 – ISIA Urbino / Werkplaats Typografie

March 5th, 2013

For the fourth year, the 2013 Summer School – set up by schools Werkplaats Typografie & ISIA Urbino – requires students or professionals in the field of design, or art related practices. They are calling for talented, inspiring, non-conventional candidates, with an authentic and critical mind, who don’t mind to work over summer, instead of sunbathing. During the two week workshop students will be guided by Karel Martens, Armand Mevis, Maureen Mooren and Leonardo Sonnoli. They will encourage them to work on a theme in relation to it’s specific context… Application deadline: May 20, 2013.

HfG After School Club II

February 18th, 2013

The HfG After School Club is an open platform to encourage and promote collaborative working structures. Once a year, during the lecture-free period of the HfG University of Art and Design Offenbach the dormant parts of the university are transformed into a student-organised workspace. The festival includes workshops, lectures, symposia, concerts and exhibitions. For one week aspiring design students will be able to attend six different workshops, each led by an internationally acclaimed designer… The second round of the festival will take place March 18-23 2013.

Typography Summer School 2013 – London & New York

February 3rd, 2013

Typography Summer School is a meeting place for graduates of graphic design, wanting to bridge the gap between student and professional and learn more about typography. The school brings together leading practitioners and participants to study, exchange ideas, and investigate the discipline.
As well as running a range of projects within typography with real clients and budgets, the school acts as a think tank encouraging research and dialogue. This environment provides a forum in which to discuss what typography is, its relevance in design history and the part it plays in today’s society. The school investigates the role of typographic design across ranging mediums, from books to film credits and posters to websites.

The school was founded by Fraser Muggeridge, joined by a visiting practitioner each day, from specialised areas of typographic design practice and educators at distinguished design schools.
The 2013 tutors in London – July 22-26 & July 29 – August 2 – are APFEL (A Practice for Everyday Life), Europa, Ken Garland, James Langdon, OK-RM, Other Means and David Pearson.
The 2013 tutors in New York – August 12-16 – are Julian Bittiner, Bob Gill, James Goggin, Geoff Han, Mary Voorhees Meehan, Other Means and Mark Owens.
Applications are open until May 1.

Fahrenheit 39 – Workshops

January 24th, 2013

Fahrenheit 39 is an italian art book festival, March 8-10, 2013, in Ravenna. For it 3rd edition, you can apply for two workshops: BOOK LOGISTICA, Every year Thousands of feelings disappear for lack of concrete form, by WERKPLATS TYPOGRAFIE; & WHERE ABOUT?, Which spaces for a new publishing production? by MOUSSE Publishing/Magazine.


January 24th, 2013

©Jonathan Monk

Book Machine – from February 20 to March 11, 2013, Centre Pompidou, Paris – is an event dedicated to the process of book production in the grandest sense. In essence, the commitment of the artist to the realization of their book or catalog is an extension of their body of work, and this results in the creation of what we call the artist’s book.

At the heart of this engagement and from the depths of the Forum at Centre Pompidou, there will be an atelier and office of production open to the public. Visitors will witness a daily array of visual artists, writers and designers creating their books. Around this production, there will also be a live feed projection of the printing process and visitors can attend various events, lectures, discussions, screenings and performances connected with the concept of the artist’s book.

Cambridge Book at Harvard

December 15th, 2012

Join Cambridge Book – an art book collection and consultancy – & Arena – a collaborative tool for assembling information – for an open conversation about new information paradigms and small publishing enterprises, December 17, 5pm, at Harvard LABRARY Storefront, a pop-up space organized by the Harvard GraduateSchool of Design (GSD) and Library Test Kitchen.

Posted in Art, Books, Education

In:quest of Icarus

November 27th, 2012

In:quest of Icarus is a tragedy; a contemporary work written of and from a contemporary situation and drawing upon Greek myth to illuminate certain aspects of that situation. Norman Potter

Norman Potter (1923–1995) was an English designer and educator. In 1964 Potter co-founded the Construction School, an experimental design course at the West of England College of Art in Bristol, England. His bold programme de-emphasised specialization in design and encouraged practical collaboration between disciplines. The school’s brief history is burdened by resistance to Potter’s ideas at every level of the educational institution. Coloured by this, and his involvement in the student protests of 1968, Potter’s thoughts on the structure of design education became increasingly anti-authoritarian.

In:quest of Icarus is a complex and allegorical reflection on these experiences. Potter describes the work as concerned with ‘walls, barriers, both of languages and hardware; the codes people use to protect their identity and to make random experiences ordered and comprehensible; the occasional wisdom of foolishness; freedoms and imprisonments; and so forth.’ It is Potter’s only play, and has been performed only once, by students at the Construction School on 5 December, 1974.
Restaged by James Langdon, the work is here represented by participants at the Werkplaats Typografie and the Sandberg Institute.

The staging of the performance is integral. The design of the hall and props follows the visual language and apparatus of the typewriter, on which it was composed. The configuration of the hall itself is a representation of the typewriter, with the audience actively implicated in the position of the keys, described by Potter as ‘the alphabetic possibilities of the spoken and written language.’ The staging is prepared by the performers themselves, and the four day process of construction, rehearsal and performance together constitutes the work.

November 29, Kunstverein, Amsterdam
November 30, December 1 & 2, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Fernand Baudin Students Publications 2013

November 27th, 2012

Fernand Baudin Students Publications 2013 – a yearly event dedicated to editorial productions by students in Belgium – needs your support.

Initiated by members of Fernand Baudin Prize, this event aims to focus on research and reflexion around editorial practices, and brings together students from different superior art schools everywhere in Belgium. This event corresponds to a current and general regain of interest in editing, also visible in most superior art schools: new classes?and Master specialized in editorial practices. More than another “most beautiful book award”, this event offers a less hierarchical and competitive model, and implies a real participation and reflexion of the students at many levels, from the event’s conception and organization to the exhibition, lectures, discussions and round tables taking place during the event.

Fernand Baudin Students Publications 2013 – The Tools Issue will happen in March 2013, during the international art book fair Paper/View in Brussels – connecting students and professional (common and divergent) problematics and practices.


October 30th, 2012

“One year ago, we started the QUESTIONS/QUESTIONS project with the aim of giving some editorial space to students who graduated in 2011. Although we would have liked to have published it earlier, we believe that the interest of the projects that we have assembled is independent from the date of their publication. But there is a lot more that can be criticized or questioned. For example, the limitation to a certain audience of the call to contributions, which probably leaves a lot of good things out. That said, we are very happy with what we have been able to bring together.
The design and the editorial options follow from the desire to focus on the content — showing things that can’t be found on the Web or to emphasize particular aspects of the projects. We hope that this publication can become a humble source of reflexion for graphic designers — our selection has been influenced by the aim to combine, as much as possible, different horizons and ways of thinking about graphic design…”

Students: Rafaela Drazic, Benedetta Crippa, Benjamin E. Critton, Anne De Boeck and Laura Bergans, Caterina Giuliani, Filimonas Triantafyllou, Anna Craemer, Caroll Maréchal, Karoline Swiezynski, Laurie Robins, Alban-Paul Valmary, Manon Pavlowsky, Célia Castelo, Anh Truong, Laurens Teerlinck, Loraine Furter, Hester Barnard, RISD Graphic Design MFA Class of 2011, Bastien Bouvier, Agathe Demay, Michèle Champagne, Anja Groten, Simona Kicurovska, Maarten Kanters, Valentin Barry, Erik Hartin, Sophie Demay, Pedro Cid Proença, Afonso Martins, Maël Fournier-Comte, Astrid Seme, Nell May.

Contributors: Marco Balesteros, Annelys de Vet, Thierry Chancogne, Oliver Klimpel, Catherine Guiral, Harmen Liemburg, Uta Eisenreich, Europa (Paul Tisdell, Mia Frostner & Robert Sollis, CA&D alumni 2007), François Rappo.

Platform for Pedagogy lectures – Archives and Activism, Project Projects: As of 10.15.12, Negotiate: Exhibitions and Social Space

October 9th, 2012

©Inventory Books

Platform for Pedagogy is a group that publicizes and promotes public lectures, symposia and related cultural events in and around New York City. Their aim is to cultivate cross-disciplinary lecture attendance and open institutions to larger and more diverse publics.

Archives and Activism, October 12, 2012
This symposium addresses a range of issues attendant upon archives’ evolving relationships with activism and social justice, ownership and participatory archives, and what emerging technologies mean for the practice.

Project Projects: As of 10.15.12, October 16, 2012
Adam Michaels, Prem Krishnamurthy, and Rob Giampietro will speak about their multidisciplinary practice at design studio Project Projects. Combining a conceptual focus, a critical approach to visual form, and an expansive sense of the possibilities of contemporary design practice, the studio engages in varied modes of production across a wide range of media and scales.

Negotiate: Exhibitions and Social Space, October 17, 2012
With Axel Wieder, curator and writer; response by Felicity Scott, Columbia University GSAPP. Axel Wieder has taken part in numerous exhibitions and together with Jesko Fezer and Katja Reichard, he founded the “Pro qm” bookstore in Berlin, which is also a venue for experimental events in the field of art and urbanism

TM RSI SGM 1960–90

September 24th, 2012

TM RSI SGM 1960–90, Research Archive Beta, is derived from an exhaustive research on the Typographische Monatsblätter (TM) focussing on the issues from 1960 till 1990.

The Typographische Monatsblätter was one of the most important journals to successfully disseminate the phenomenon of ‘Swiss typography’ to an international audience. With more than 70 years in existence, the journal witnessed significant moments in the history of typography and graphic design. Its contributors include some of the most influential designers. Although the issues before 1960 are extremely rich in revealing the development of modernist typography, the years 1960–90 correspond to a period of transition in which many factors such as technology, socio-political contexts and aesthetic ideologies, profoundly affected and transformed the fields of typography and graphic design. From this general turbulence, new forms emerged and new models were explicitly manifested. The examination of the Typographische Monatsblätter during these specific years enables a greater understanding of the development of late 20th century typography and graphic design.

Cambridge Book

September 24th, 2012

Cambridge Book is an art book collection and consultancy directed by Carson Salter with Sandeep Bhuller. Operating under the credo NOT TOO MUCH, the firm draws on expertise from the MIT & Harvard communities, offering buying and publishing consultation and developing variable forms of information service.

Posted in Art, Books, Education

The Joy of Graphic Design

August 16th, 2012

The Joy of Graphic Design is a three-day festival in Hamburg offering exhibitions, a bookstore, an independent publishing fair, workshops, a symposium, and more.

A Present in Print

August 15th, 2012

©Steffani Jemison, Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet

A Present in Print, a summer print workshop with seminar and exhibition, is presented by
If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, to play with the practice and politics of the social space of the page. Participants will work towards a collaboratively produced publication. Led by curator and critic Vivian Ziherl, in collaboration with artist Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, the programme will dive into the histories of the performativity of the page, examine theory of publics in relation to publications, as well as flipping through the pages of case examples.

August 24 – September 02, 2012
Copenhagen Art Festival

The Anti-Library

August 14th, 2012

The Anti-Library – first housed in the library of SPACE – is a project focused on unread books and on theories related to the meaning of anti- or non-knowledge in the fields of knowing, learning and the intellectual experience. From this very point of view, Nassim Taleb’s abstract from his famous The Black Swan – dealing with the concept of Anti-Library in connection to Umberto Eco’s library – is a fundamental landmark.

According to the author, Eco’s huge library includes a large amount of unread books – and these are to play the most important role in valuing the cultural prominence of their owner. In fact, the progressive accumulation, over the years, of an increasing amount of unread books, means a kind of intellective growth, which remains open. The more you know the larger is the amount of unread books you own. The already read ones, on the contrary, seem to fix a knowledge, which is concluded in itself and therefore is somehow sterile.

Following these premises, more than 150 among artists, curators, journalists, writers and people belonging to the field of culture, were invited to indicate a book they hadn’t read and also to write a short statement to illustrate their choice.

The Anti-Library is recreated at Lucie Fontaine’s space in Milan, adding contributions from Italian curators and artists. A permanent archive is put together, containing the collection of the volumes together with their statements – added to the ones previously selected in London.

Excursus III: Ooga Booga

August 14th, 2012

Excursus is a multifaceted initiative at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, in which artists, designers, publishers, and other cultural producers whose work engages the archive and publications are invited to create a platform for more intimate programming, alongside an online residency at Building on the idea of an excursus (an exposition or digression from a primary text) each invited artist-in-residence will activate and re-imagine both the physical and discursive space of the ICA, creating a hub for reflection on issues related to the exhibitions on view in the galleries.

Wendy Yao’s Ooga Booga is a nexus for independent art, design, fashion, and music located in the heart of Chinatown in Los Angeles. More than a bookstore, Ooga Booga is a publishing imprint, record label, meeting place, and exhibition venue.
For Excursus III, Yao will bring her collaborators to ICA for a series of workshops, events, and pop-up exhibitions.

September 26 – December 16, 2012
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON

August 10th, 2012

The Grand Domestic Revolution (GDR) is an ongoing “living research” project initiated by Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht as a multi-faceted exploration of the domestic sphere.
Inspired by US late nineteenth-century “material feminist” movements that experimented with communal solutions to domestic life and work in order to connect it to the public domain. The GDR involves artists, designers, writers, researchers, activists, domestic workers and others in collaboratively experimenting with and re-articulating the domestic sphere, and exercising notions of the social, the public and the commons.

At The Showroom, The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON, exhibition of contemporary and historical artworks and a diverse and growing reference library, will form a base for workshops and events that will develop the GDR further. Exhibited works employ a wide range of methodologies to playfully problematise domestic issues and questions of labour, and range from the satirical to social critique and activist actions.

September 12 – October 27, 2012
The Showroom, London

Bunk Edition – Workshop – Guide de la ville de Lyon

August 8th, 2012

BunkEdition déplace ses bureaux dans les locaux de Sunset Résidence dans le cadre de Quarks Festival. Son emploi du temps sera partagé entre la finalisation d’un livre pour l’artiste Jean-Baptiste Bernadet et l’animation d’un workshop par Samuel François du 10 au 15 septembre 2012.
En s’installant à Lyon, BunkEdition souhaite publier un guide de la ville: il s’agira de répertorier des lieux, des architectures, des anecdotes, des portraits, explorant d’autres pistes que celles habituellement visitées par un touriste.
Date limite de dépôt des candidatures le samedi 25 août.

UniBz Design Festival – Learning

August 2nd, 2012

Maria Montessori

The first edition of UniBz Design Festival – a three-day event, including workshops and a final conference – will focus on the topic of Learning.
At a time when design schools have proliferated, “parallel” teaching projects have emerged, and schools’ programs and educational organizations are heavily affected by budget cuts, it seems important to bring the topic of “Learning” back at the centre of attention. “To learn” does not equate with getting a degree. Designing is itself a learning process, and learning is an ongoing process. What does “learning” mean in the field of design? How much do we know about design education and learning? What can we learn, or should we learn, from design? What should the designers of tomorrow learn? What do the designers need to learn from other fields?

International designers, students and thinkers with diverse backgrounds will gather at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano on September 20-22, 2012 to exchange their experience and ideas on this topic.
Invited designers who will lead the workshops and talk at the conference include Daniel Eatock and Flávia Müller Medeiros, Formafantasma, Rob Giampietro / Project Projects, Cynthia Hathaway, Sophie Krier, Metahaven, Mischer’Traxler.

mus(a)eu(m) – The Curator as Editor

July 2nd, 2012

The contemporary notion of the Museum tends progressively to become closer to the original. Nowadays is denoted, by some modern institutions, a growing reformulation and consequent adoption of some of the founding principles of the ancient institutions as the Museum Akademia / Library of Plato in Athens or the Musaeum at Alexandria. These were spaces mainly devoted to study and speculation and curiously were more related with printed matter rather than the mere display and accumulation of objects. In addition, publishing is taking a more determinant role within the institution, working as a new exhibition space or a new medium. A space opened to a new curatorial, artistic and institutional discourse.
Editing and Curating share a wide territory. Both work with material from other authors and both function as an aggregating and transforming practice. Both are reading “facilitators” and orienteers. In short, both work as a mechanism for structuring a speech given by several voices but with a common tone, set by the publisher or the curator.

The mus(a)eu(m) workshop will approach these matters and during 3 days (6,7,8 of July) a room at Fundação Serralves, in Porto, will simultaneously be the place for discussion, speculation, production and exhibition. The workshop will be held by Marco Balesteros and 14 invited participants.

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