- 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2014
- Graphic Design, Education & Schools
Responses and articles about 26th Brno Biennial 2014, June 2014 – February 2015.
Collected and designed by, a .
Brno Biennial, 2015
136 pages, 21 × 29.7 cm, English, Czech, German, Italian, Korean, Slovak
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Contestations brings together a range of artists, theorists and other practitioners to consider the state of education and learning in light of political struggle, institutional crisis and new media platforms. Focusing on creative experiments in education, Contestations seeks to instigate a conversation about the future direction of education that challenges existing academic models while examining possibilities for strategic intervention and self-organisation.
Edited by Tim Ivison &
With contributions by Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, Sean Dockray, Jakob Jakobsen, Nils Norman, Gregory Sholette and Ultra-red
Bedford Press, 2013
paperback with dust jacket
192 pages, 4.7 × 9.5 cm, English
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The publication was created as a catalog for No Perfect Schools So Far exhibition, part of 2014 Biennial OFF Program. The exhibition presented a collection of teaching tools (objects, aids, methods, rituals...) created by art school teachers for their students. Their methods are represented here by publications, texts and pictorial documentation.
Authors Ivana Dudková and Vojtěch Pochop
With texts by Vasil Artamonov, Petr Babák, Palo Bálik, Federico díaz a David Kořínek, Lenka Klodová, Tomáš Knoflíček, Vladimír Kokolia, František Kowolowski, Petr Lysáček, Luděk Rathousk. a Jiří Franta, Jiří Surůvka, Mária Topolčanská, Filip Vančo, Tomáš Vaněk, Martin Zet
Souborná publikace mapující grafický design s přesahem do současného umění je rozdělená do třech kapitol:
Manifest – kapitola první vytváří souvislosti mezi uměleckými intervencemi do veřejného prostoru, institucionální kritikou i obecněji postojem umělce ke společnosti a počiny z oblasti nakladatelství, časopisectví, ilustrace, plakátové tvorby nebo graffiti.
Nečitelnost – kapitola druhá ukazuje příklady dekonstrukce přesunu sdělení od formy k příjemci, víceznačnost tohoto metajazyka. Nesrozumitelnost a nečitelnost se stávají tématy autorů, kteří problematizují podstatu médií i lidské komunikace jako takové.
Je to design – kapitola třetí klade otázku, zda je grafik umělcem? Je umělec designérem? Pozice obou oblastí se v této kapitole vzájemně prolínají. Autonomizace obvykle „užité“ sféry ústí k experimentálnímu a autorskému grafickému designu.
Authors: Petr Bosák, Robert Jansa With texts by Petr Babák, Blumfeld S. M., Petr Bosák, Tomáš Celizna, Karel Císař, Vít Havránek, Ondřej Chrobák, Robert Jansa, Iva Knobloch, Jiří Kovanda, Václav Magid, Markéta Magidová, Adam Macháček, Marek Meduna, Radim Peško, Tomáš Pospiszyl, Kateřina Přidalová, Jan Rous, Richard Rozhoň, Jiří Skála, Ondřej Slačálek, Jan Šerých, Markéta Vinglerová
Quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog, 2013
244 pages, 16,9 × 24 cm, Czech
The publication summarizes fifty years of work of one of the leading Czech graphic designer, typographer and professor at the Academy of Arts and Design in Prague. Structured chronologically, the book shows Vaněk’s work spanning from his school projects, to a number of posters and prints for cultural events, to large commissions from early 21st century. His close collaboration with the Brno Biennial, a major international exhibition of graphic design, is also documented as well as his major projects that includes visual style for the Prague Metro, Czechoslovak Commercial Bank and Czechoslovak Airlines. A number of examples represents Vaněk’s contribution in the area of book design. He designed hundreds of books for major Czech publishing houses. The publication also documents his postal stamp design. The second part of the publication showcases Vaněk’s type design, an area he’s been devoted to for the past ten years. All of his typefaces are represented in practical examples, but also sketches of future fonts for Signature Type Foundry are shown.
With texts by Karel Haloun, Milena Klasová,, , Jan Solpera, Jiří Šetlík, Alan Záruba
Draw your classmate. Look at your shoe. Make a horizon. Let a river of ink flow down a sheet of paper, make an egg appear as if it were floating. Create music with Illustrator, explain the world in ten images, and draw a letter in three seconds. Now say goodbye to the computer. Become a human algorithm. Clean your apartment, make a picnic, build a kite, and tell a joke. Don’t take it too seriously. Make it simple, small, big, more. Do not fear failure. Work quickly and roughly. Work accurately and systematically. Think more, design less. Design is visual pollution, design is always for others, design changes people’s lives. The world is changing. What can you do? What if? Why? Be convincing. Be ambitious. Be on time. Come prepared. Work alone. Work together. Observe, examine, imagine, conceive, present, discuss, repeat. Start over. Begin from zero.
Taking a Line for a Walk brings attention to something that is often neglected: the language and verbal artefacts of design instruction. Including contemporary and historical examples, this book is a compendium of 224 assignments in design education.
This publication departed from the exhibition Taking a Line for a Walk, part of the 26th Brno Biennial 2014, 19 June – 26 October 2014, The Moravian Gallery in Brno
With an accompanying essay by
Spector Books, 2016
Wire-o with softcover in reverse binding
280 pages, 20.3 × 25.4 cm (8 × 10 inches), English
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Is it possible to understand graphic design as a practice beyond an object-centric approach, as a practice beyond the conception and production of well-designed and printed artefacts? Which other potentials to create a public should be considered integral to design as an activity? The Visual Event explores the question of how such an extended practice could be thought, which graphic, spatial and temporal forms such a situational practice could take, and tests the idea of the “visual event” from various perspectives of visual culture. The project compiles numerous contributions by artists, academics, designers, architects, and students of the System-Design Class at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig.
With contributions by Oliver Klimpel, James Hellings, Planningtorock, William Haggard, Alexander Garcia Düttmann, Friedrich Tietjen, Eva Weinmayr, Carolin Lerch, Mia Frostner & Robert Sollis (EUROPA), Franciska Zólyom, System-Des
Spector Books, 2014
paperback with dust jacket
200 pages, 15 × 22 cm, English
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We asked ourselves what we want education to be and exchanged different approaches on teaching design. We discussed with the curators about this year’s Biennal, their role as teachers and if students censor themselves. We got our hands dirty and painted collaboratively. We thought about appropriation and its connection to education. We visited the Villa Tugendhat and traced its history with earphones, pencils and copy machines. We reviewed the so-called importance of failing and examined possibilities to visualize thought. We compared our individual ways of seeing and explored the visual language of education. We visited the exhibition »Taking a Line for a Walk« with curator Nina Paim and problematized the role and use of assignments. Finally, we gave the lecture »Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish, Said the Academy and Fed Us to the Lions.«
Organization, Documentation & Layout: Robert Haselbacher, Robert Preusse, Stefanie Rau, Till Wittwer Special thanks to our guests: Tomáš Celizna, Jan Kristek, Adam Macháček, Nina Paim, Radim Peško. As well as: Henk Groenendijk, Jarek Sedlak, Oliver Klimpel, Anna Šimková, Dima Stefanova. Type: Our Times, Our Times Grotesk, Times New Roman Supported by: Verein der Gestaltung e.V., Berlin Printed wherever possible.
This journal is available as PDF for download on www.parallel-school.org