Indiecon. Interview with Malte Brenneisen and Urs Spindler
5 - 6 September 2014
Since doing their master’s theses at the University of Hamburg, Malte Benneisen and Urs Spindler have been busy with the topic of independent magazines. A blog evolved as part of their finals project in which they collected independently published magazines with very different focuses in terms of content. In the meantime, an archive has developed that includes over 100 German-language publications. In September, they are launching a festival for the first time that is dedicated to the area of indie magazines. Indiecon will offer panel discussions, workshops and, of course, lots of exciting presentations. The following people will be involved: Gabriele Fischer (brand eins), Oliver Gehrs (Dummy), Kai Brach (Offscreen), Josephine Götz (Päng! Magazin), Dirk Mönkemöller (The Weekender) and Steven Watson (Stack Magazines). We will be there as well and present form. We spoke with the two event organisers about their work and the upcoming conference.
Close and Far
22 Calvert Avenue, London
– 17 August 2014
Russia has an immense geographical and ethnic diversity. And this was the reason for the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, to send Sergei Prodkudin-Gorsky, who is now considered to be a pioneer of colour photography, on a journey to document the country photographically. In Russian Photography Now, his colour photographs of pre-revolutionary Russia are exhibited alongside video installations and photographs by the new generation of Russian photographers and video artists of the 21st century.
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Captcha Design Festival
2 – 9 August 2014
“Befreiung der Schrift” [liberating fonts] is the theme of the design festival organised for the first time by the students at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences. Using an exhibition, a symposium and various workshops, different routes are explored as to how typography can be re-interpreted independently of rules and traditions.
Tech Open Air
Alte Teppichfabrik, Berlin
16 – 17 July 2014
Half conference - half festival; this is the idea behind the annual Tech Open Air that will be launched for the third time in its history in the middle of July 2014. Creatives and visionaries in the areas of technology, art, music and science will be meeting to exchange ideas and to network.
Design Prize Rheinland-Pfalz 2014. Communication design
Submission deadline: 11 July 2014
Where are communication and media design headed? The Design Prize Rhineland-Pfalz 2014 is asking this question in view of the general growth of information and communication technologies in our society. The Ministry for Finance, Climate Protection, Energy and Planning for Rheinland-Pfalz is launching its annual competition which in alternate years is always aimed at product and communication design.
James Dyson Award
Submission deadline: 7 August 2014
For the 10th year, the James Dyson Foundation will be awarding this eponymous, generously sponsored award to help young designers and engineers make solutions to problems of our age become a reality: “A bright idea is just the start. Developing and commercialising patentable technology is the hard part. We must encourage and financially support young engineers to solve the problems of today – and tomorrow. I’m looking for people that don’t just have a brilliant idea, but also the burning desire to make it a reality.”, says James Dyson.
The London Illustration Fair
5 – 6 July 2014
Hoxton Arches, London
The London Illustration Fair is presenting talented people on the British and European illustration scene for the second time. This year’s theme is Tropicana. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the work of illustrators with established agencies, young start-ups and charitable organisations at the stands, buy items in the pop-up shop, ask questions at a portfolio review or meet people at the Brazilian barbecue.
Tendence Talents 2014. Modern Crafts
30 August – 2 September 2014
The Talents programme at the Messe Frankfurt offers young designers the opportunity to exhibit their work in a presentation area free of charge right in the centre of the premium halls. The theme for Talents at this year’s Tendence, one of the world’s largest consumer goods fairs, is Modern Crafts. Nineteen contributors will be displaying works made of wood, glass, ceramics and textiles.
– 12 December 2014
Until 1914 - with the outbreak of the First World War - industrialisation experienced rapid development in speed, mobility and production. The advertisements and publicity that originated at that time and that are characterised by a new understanding of the art of the avantgarde – manifestos, magazines and photographs, as well as artists’ private letters – are currently on display in a themed two-part exhibition in Berlin.
Finding Vivian Maier
Cinema release in Germany: 26 June 2014
A foreclosure auction in Chicago, a young estate agent on the look-out for historic town photographs and a chest full of unseen negatives - this is how Vivian Maier’s photography was discovered. Today, seven years later, her work is lauded by critics and the public alike, has been exhibited internationally and already documented in several publications. The film, Finding Vivian Maier, describes this unusual story.
Submission deadline: 1 August 2014
The aim of the Wiener Werkstätten, a network of visual artists and industrialists, that produced everyday objects, jewellery and furniture between 1903 and 1932, was to unite all areas of a person’s life in one overall work of art. The KAPO Möbelwerkstätten are pursuing this goal of being full furnishers in their brand of Neue Wiener Werkstätten (NWW). They are on the look-out for trends and creative potential by announcing the second NWW Award.
Seminar. Are You Protecting Your Designs?
2 July 2014
Designing something new is expensive. And protecting its financial value is often neglected for reasons of carelessness or a lack of knowledge of the subject. The seminar “Are You Protecting Your Designs? How to use IP law to protect and enforce your ideas and designs” given by the law firm D Young & Co offers the opportunity to close this gap.
Ouput Award 2014.Grand Prix
Stefan Wagner: Generating Utopia
FH Würzburg-Schweinfurt, 2013
With its international competition the Output foundation is searching for young talents in different areas of design. Each year, up to 1,000 students from more than 30 countries submit their best work. New this year: In addition to the grand prize, an audience prize will also be awarded. Before the end of August, you can go to our website (form.de/en/output-audience-award) to select your favourite out of the ten distinctions. The jury has already awarded Stefan Wagner (Würzburg-Schweinfurt University of Applied Sciences) with the Grand Prix for his submission “Generating Utopia”, a real-time visualization of location-based data from the social network Foursquare. The physical dimensions of the user data (“utopias”, because everyone presents themselves as they would like to be seen) are translated into topological transformations of the users’ whereabouts, thus making the users’ behaviour an interactive experience.
Christian Schlager, Sebastian Rumpl: Austrian Cultural Poster Generator
Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, 2013
The “Austrian Cultural Poster Generator” allows the user to design posters with Austrian references via a three-step navigation process on a website-like plat- form. Images, texts and designs from the fields of art, design, literature, science, sports, politics, entertainment and news- headlines are combined to create posters that trigger discussions, ask questions and raise awareness.
Turn Design Conference. Shaping orientation
27 June 2014
Halle 27, Munich
Working with the Kochan & Partner agency, Typografische Gesellschaft München (tgm) has put together a wide-ranging programme for a summer of design in Munich. The first event will be the Turn Design Conference at which international speakers will talk on “shaping orientation.” We will provide information about further events in the next few days.
Matthias Christ:Where Vision Gets Built
Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, 2013
The narrative page sequence, the structure of the chapters and the index of the book “Where Vision Gets Built” decontextualize and simultaneously reinterpret 240 questions, aphorisms and advice – all advertising slogans from the world of finance. “Where Vision Gets Built” was, tragicomically, the advertising slogan of Lehman Brothers. The book is thus both an ambivalent collection of wisdom and a rhetorical inventory of the financial crisis.
Annual Multimedia 2015
Registration deadline: 4 August 2014
The Annual Multimedia Award offered by the Walhalla Metropolitan publishing house has been running once again since May. Creatives from the digital sector are invited to submit their work and to be compared on a national scale. The winners can look forward to being included in the yearbook.
Javier Lloret: Puzzle Facade
Kunstuniversität Linz, 2013
“Puzzle Facade” transfers what is known as Rubik’s Cube to urban space. The facade of the Ars Electronica Center in Linz is turned into a giant Rubik’s Cube and invites passers-by to solve the puzzle through a specially designed interactive interface. The coloured surfaces on the facade change depending on how the interface is orientated and modified.The puzzle is made all the more difficult because only two sides of the facade can be viewed simultaneously due to the size and location of the building.
Covers and More. Illustrations by Wieslaw Smetek
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
9 May - 17 August 2014
Ironic, provocative and recognisable at first sight - Wieslaw Smetek’s cover designs have been shaping the German media landscape for 20 years now. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg is now dedicating a solo exhibition to his work for major journals and magazines for the first time.
Julinka Ebhardt, Francesco Tacchini, Will Yates-Johnson: Space Replay
Royal College of Art London, 2014
The final prototype of the “Space Replay” project weighs just 120g and consists of a helium-filled balloon with a battery-powered Arduino inside, paired with an Adafruit Wave Shield that constantly records and reproduces ambient sounds. During its flight, the “Space Replay” explores and manipulates the background noise in public passageways by reproducing a “delayed echo of human activity”.
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25 June - 5 October 2014
Doing justice to an eminent authority on museum architecture and exhibition design in a solo show is certainly a huge challenge. But MAK Vienna has taken up the gauntlet and is showing the wide-ranging work by the all-round artist, Hans Hollein, on the occasion of the artist’s 80th birthday, which he unfortunately did not live to see.
Prize winners.Designpreis Halle 2014
The chemical combination of oxygen and hydrogen - from which the Earth’s surface and the human body are largely made - currently has great importance in the world as new discoveries of water on a moon in our solar system demonstrate. The organisers of the Designpreis Halle have also turned their attention this year to the theme of water and have encouraged students for the third year of the prize’s existence to take on “practical design and theoretical design” perspectives on this topic.
Verena Hennig:50 Years of Mum
Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg, 2013
To mark a special occasion, her mother’s 50th birthday, Verena Hennig designed this invitation card made of porcelain – an elegant, traditional and timeless material. The elements, including an illustration of her mother’s life to date, were die-cut into the porcelain foil and then baked in a conventional ceramic furnace in an edition of 50 pieces.
Call for Papers. Silence
Submission deadline: 15 July 2014
Silence is a rare phenomenon in our overstimulated world that is flooded with information. Design cannot escape from these deluges but must try to deal with them constructively. “Neuwerk”, a magazine for the study and theory of design, published every year by Masters students on the Design Studies course at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design, Halle is looking for articles on the topic of silence and quiet design for its next edition.
Paolo Michele Salvetti:Lab:senses in space
Escola da Cidade, 2013
This 150sqm pavilion built mostly of bamboo on the outskirts of São Paulo is an empirical study of the perception of space. The different arrangement of the bamboo and its interaction with wind and light address different senses and create atmospheres that elicit different emotions for each individual.
International Comic Salon Erlangen
Heinrich-Lades-Halle Congress Centre and City Hall, Erlangen
19 – 22 June 2014
From tomorrow, 19 June, artists, publishers and fans of the comic industry will meet at the 16th edition of this event. Over four days, those involved in this scene will present all their creative aspects of the genre. This year, the outbreak of the First World War a century ago and its illustrative analysis will be the focus of the event.
Nicolas Ritter: One
Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main, 2013
The photographic work “One” uses a technical trick to imitate the way our eyes perceive crowds: our attention is focused onto small, manageable GIF animations that move, unlike the other static scenes in the photographs. The photos were taken at busy locations in London and remind us that each individual in a crowd has their own complex history and identity.
Sheffield Design Week
23 – 29 June 2014
At the end of June, the city of Sheffield in the north of England will transform itself into a hotspot for contemporary design. Throughout the whole city, there will be a variety of events and exhibitions on national and international design projects and topics from an array of disciplines.
Vera Aldejohann: Take & Give
FH Düsseldorf, 2014
The starting point for “Take & Give” was graffiti in urban areas that was appropriated in different ways. Identical metal plates and decorative pieces were attached to walls and then collected after they had been sprayed. An associated book serves as a reference and archive. The other part of the project turned fragments of multiple layers of graffiti into jewellery. The pieces were refined to reveal the lower layers to create new pictures.
What exactly is a graphic novel?
Braunschweig University of Art
2 – 4 July 2014
What is the difference between a graphic novel and a comic? Does one actually exist? Are publishing houses thinking more of their marketing approach? And what has become of the origins of stories without words? A symposium at the beginning of July held at the HBK will examine these questions in depth.
Isabel Seiffert: Governance. Democracy. Delete.
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, 2013
The publication “Governance. Democracy. Delete.” is a 600-page attempt to capture, structure and contextualize the political, economic and social dimensions of the debate on the future of the Internet with Twitter one-liners and linked material. The book, which should be considered a part of the open source movement, is set exclusively with open source fonts and intended to appear as a monthly print-on-demand edition.
Swiss Design Awards 2014
Hall 4.0, Fair Centre, Basel
17 – 22 June 2014
Forty nine Swiss designers from very different disciplines have qualified for the second round of the Swiss Design Award 2014. All the nominated projects of which 20 have been honoured with the sought-after award can be viewed in Basel.
Kyuha Shim: Performa
Royal College of Art London, 2014
The ability of handwritten text not only to convey mere words, but also the state of the writer has been lost in the age of the keyboard. “Performa”, a generative system that creates typography in real time to map the typing behaviour of the user, brings this ability to the digital age. How long a key is pressed determines the width of each character, while the amount of pressure determines the boldness of the letter.
11 June - 5 Oct 2014
The Austrian Museum for Applied Art / Contemporary Art in Vienna - better known as MAK - is celebrating its 150th anniversary, not least with its exhibition “Exemplary - 150 years of the MAK - from Arts and Crafts to Design”. This will examine both the museum’s own history and the developments in design of the past and present.
Artek. Marianne Goebl is the new CEO
Marianne Goebl (see interview in form 252) will be the new CEO of the Finnish furniture company Artek. She follows in the footsteps of Mirkku Kullberg, who will be responsible for the HOME department at Vitra in the future. Kullberg nonetheless will keep her position as the president of Artek’s board of administration. Vitra acquired Artek in September 2013 (form.de reported). Making Goebl the new CEO further consolidates the strategic partnership of Vitra and Artek, which was initialized with the acquisition.
form N° 254. Stylewriting
It was high time to take up the matter: On the one hand, the (style) elements of graffiti culture, still criminalized in many contexts, have long since been adapted by epigones of advertising, media, fashion and product culture and shape our everyday lives, either consciously or unconsciously. On the other hand, many former sprayers – known or unknown – work very successfully today as architects, graphic artists, performers, fashion and product designers, tattoo artists or typographers.
New women. br>The Collection of Photography in context
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
28 February – 27 July 2014
In 1918, women in Germany were given the right to vote and a year later equal treatment of the sexes was laid down in the Weimar Constitution. The image of the “new woman” began to become established and was reflected in fashion, media and leisure time. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg is now dedicating a photographic exhibition to this era, documenting the change in the image of women.