- 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2014
- Graphic Design, Education & Schools
Education is about the individual development of skills, knowledge and understanding. And it is also about social mobilisation and the distribution of resources. Off-White Paper, conceived as a visual reader for the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2014, focuses on the latter.
Since 1963, the Brno Biennial has showcased excellence in graphic design from around the world. This book attempts to chart the educational background of this recognized excellence, using the proiles of the designers selected for the Biennial’s last ive editions as a starting point. Who are they, in terms of nationality, gender and age? Where did they study – in what countries and cities, at what schools, under what economic realities? And how has the Biennial’s composition in any of these terms changed over a period of ten years?
Off-White Paper presents its indings with a series of visual charts that reveal some of the fundamental facts of graphic design and education as they have been manifested at the Brno Biennial during the last decade.
Conceived, authored, edited and designed by: Sulki & Min Choi (KR)Sulki & Min are Seoul-based graphic designers. Sulki Choi studied communication design at Chungang University, Korea, and Min Choi at Seoul National University, Korea. Both earned their MFA degrees in graphic design at Yale University, New Haven, US. They worked as researchers in design at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands, from 2003 until 2005. Since they came back to Seoul, Sulki & Min have worked mainly in cultural area, collaborating with institutions and individuals for the design of graphic identities, marketing materials and publications. In 2006, they held their first exclusive exhibition at the Gallery Factory in Seoul, for which they received the Art Award of the Year from the Arts Council Korea. They have participated in many exhibitions at institutions including Frankfurter Kunstverein, Moravian Gallery in Brno, Ningbo Graphic Design Biennale, Anyang Public Art Project, Arko Art Center, Platform Seoul, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. They also make and publish books through their own Specter Press, often collaborating with contemporary Korean artists and writers. Sulki & Min worked as graphic designers for the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a collaborative project initiated by the Guggenheim Foundation and BMW, during its three-year operation in New York, Berlin and Mumbai, for which they created an interactive graphic identity system based on on-line participation. In 2013, Min Choi curated Typojanchi, an international biennial of typography in Seoul, as the curatorial director. Both Sulki Choi and Min Choi teach graphic design and typography, at Kaywon School of Art & Design and the University of Seoul, respectively.
Research contributed by: Jeon Hyeon-woo
Printed by: Tiskárna Didot s. r. o.
Czech/English, 296 × 216 mm, 72 pages, soft-cover, staple-bound
The Moravian Gallery in Brno, 2014
This publication and the accompanying exhibition were commissioned by the curators of the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2014.
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