Author: Daniel van der Velden,Marina Vishmidt,Vinca Kruk,Metahaven
Publisher: Lars Muller Publishers
This book takes an imaginative approach to visual identity. The appearance of organization---corporations, states, and networks---is a game of legitimacy, and an art of stealth. Partially science-fiction story, equally strategic study, essay, comic, and sketchbook, Uncorporate Identity is a concept album of design and architecture. Design studio Metahaven explores branding and identity as geopolitical phenomena---together with architects, geographers, and thinkers including Boris Groys, China Mieville, Keller Easterling, David Grewal, Marina Vishmidt, and others.
Author: Vinca Kruk,Karen Archey
This book offers a fresh perspective on the popular and acclaimed Amsterdam-based design/art collective Metahaven. Densely illustrated, and very recognizably designed by Metahaven, it is the only survey of its work currently available. Led by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, Metahaven works between filmmaking, art, research and design; it has produced documentary-based works, music videos, books (such as Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? and Black Transparency) and lectures that investigate matters of propaganda, truth and identity, especially with regard to the structuring of our symbolic realm. The book offers a variety of critical takes on the collective's work and examines its recent shift to moving-image work, thinking through the various ways in which its sprawling oeuvre is embedded in the sociopolitical challenges of the present.
The Right to Know in the Age of Mass Surveillance
A Google executive once said: “If you want to liberate a society just give them the Internet.” But how does one liberate a society that already has the Internet? Publicly, modern government adheres to the twin ideals of institutional transparency and personal privacy. In reality, while citizens are subjected to mass surveillance, government practice goes unchecked. A new generation has taken to the Internet to defend the right to governance without secrets. From Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks to LulzSec and Anonymous, from the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative to the revelations of Edward Snowden, a coalition is breaking through the secrecy that lies at the core of the modern state. The story gets more complex when open government is contrasted with black transparency, and when a geopolitical rift between the West and Russia becomes the dividing line for whistleblowers and transparency activists seeking refuge. What is transparency for one may be propaganda for the other.
On Designers, Authors, Readers and Users
Author: Michael Rock
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
This book explores the diverse voices and disciplines that comprise the process of graphic design through the lens of authorship, criticism, projects, and collaborations. It includes essays, interviews, diagrams, annotations, illustrated lectures and case studies from Michael Rock and contributors such as Susan Sellers, Georgie Stout, Rem Koolhaas, Mark Wigley, Paul Elliman, Enrique Walker, Rick Poynor and Lucia Allais among many others. Multiple Signatures examines all aspects of contemporary visual culture from branding and authorship to urban screens, conspiracy theory and t-shirt design.
Travels in Visual Culture
Author: Rick Poynor
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Category: Commercial art
Presents a collection of essays about visual culture, brands, billboards, magazines, architecture, tattoos and trends in cosmetic surgery. This book shows how commerce exploits the blurring of art and advertising, and paints a vivid, not always comfortable picture of where 21st century design culture is heading.
Author: Francis Spufford
Publisher: Graywolf Press
"Spufford cunningly maps out a literary genre of his own . . . Freewheeling and fabulous." —The Times (London) Strange as it may seem, the gray, oppressive USSR was founded on a fairy tale. It was built on the twentieth-century magic called "the planned economy," which was going to gush forth an abundance of good things that the lands of capitalism could never match. And just for a little while, in the heady years of the late 1950s, the magic seemed to be working. Red Plenty is about that moment in history, and how it came, and how it went away; about the brief era when, under the rash leadership of Khrushchev, the Soviet Union looked forward to a future of rich communists and envious capitalists, when Moscow would out-glitter Manhattan and every Lada would be better engineered than a Porsche. It's about the scientists who did their genuinely brilliant best to make the dream come true, to give the tyranny its happy ending. Red Plenty is history, it's fiction, it's as ambitious as Sputnik, as uncompromising as an Aeroflot flight attendant, and as different from what you were expecting as a glass of Soviet champagne.
Author: Jon Sueda,SOMArts Cultural Center
Category: Graphic arts
Curated by Jon Sueda and featuring 37 projects by Bay Area and international artists, All Possible Futures is the first of three SOMArts Commons Curatorial Residency exhibitions in 2014. The group exhibition explores the potential of graphic design and celebrates a questioning of boundaries regarding concepts, processes, technologies, and form. Contemporary speculative pieces take the form of both physical objects and restaged installations.
Now in Production
Author: Rob Giampietro
Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minn. and four other institutions between Oct. 22. 2011 and Dec. 2013.
Author: Germano Celant
Publisher: 6 Decades Books
Nearly three decades after its first printing, Book as Artwork 1960-1972remains a widely-cited landmark in the critical literature on artists' books. Penned by the critic and curator Germano Celant to accompany an exhibition at Nigel Greenwood Gallery in London, it was the first critical consideration of the artist's book. A bibliography lists over 300 historic artist-produced publications from this golden age of the medium.
Author: Dean Lockwood,Rob Coley
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
The ‘Cloud’, hailed as a new digital commons, a utopia of collaborative expression and constant connection, actually constitutes a strategy of vitalist post-hegemonic power, which moves to dominate immanently and intensively, organizing our affective political involvements, instituting new modes of enclosure, and, crucially, colonizing the future through a new temporality of control. The virtual is often claimed as a realm of invention through which capitalism might be cracked, but it is precisely here that power now thrives. Cloud time, in service of security and profit, assumes all is knowable. We bear witness to the collapse of both past and future virtuals into a present dedicated to the exploitation of the spectres of both.
Author: Ari Versluis,Ellie Uyttenbroek
Publisher: 010 Publishers
Category: Clothing and dress
Reeksen foto's van mensen die door kleding en haardracht een bepaalde groep vertegenwoordigen.
Essays on Politics and Life
Author: Julia Reinhard Lupton
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
What is a person? What company do people keep with animals, plants, and things? What are their rights? To whom are they obligated? Such questions—bearing fundamentally on the shared meaning of politics and life—animate Shakespearean drama, yet their urgency has been obscured by historicist approaches to literature. Julia Reinhard Lupton gently dislodges Shakespeare’s plays from their historical confines in order to pursue their universal implications. From Petruchio’s animals and Kate’s laundry to Hamlet’s friends and Caliban’s childhood, Lupton here restages thinking in Shakespeare as an embodied act of consent, cure, and care. Rather than putting the plays in service of an ideological program, Thinking with Shakespeare encourages readers to ponder matters of shared concern with the playwright by their side. In a landscape populated by she-doctors, minor monsters, bankrupted hosts, and faithful cupbearers, Shakespeare tests what it means to consider our humanity fully. Taking her cue from Hannah Arendt, Lupton reads Shakespeare for fresh insights into everything from housekeeping and animal husbandry to biopower and political theology.
Immaterial Labor, the Creative Class, and the Politics of Design
Author: Peggy Deamer
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Directly confronting the nature of contemporary architectural work, this book is the first to address a void at the heart of architectural discourse and thinking. For too long, architects have avoided questioning how the central aspects of architectural "practice?? (professionalism, profit, technology, design, craft, and building) combine to characterize the work performed in the architectural office. Nor has there been a deeper evaluation of the unspoken and historically-determined myths that assign cultural, symbolic, and economic value to architectural labor. The Architect as Worker presents a range of essays exploring the issues central to architectural labor. These include questions about the nature of design work; immaterial and creative labor and how it gets categorized, spatialized, and monetized within architecture; the connection between parametrics and BIM and labor; theories of architectural work; architectural design as a cultural and economic condition; entrepreneurialism; and the possibility of ethical and rewarding architectural practice. The book is a call-to-arms, and its ultimate goal is to change the practice of architecture. It will strike a chord with architects, who will recognize the struggle of their profession; with students trying to understand the connections between work, value, and creative pleasure; and with academics and cultural theorists seeking to understand what grounds the discipline.
Global Architecture and Its Political Masquerades
Author: Keller Easterling
Publisher: MIT Press
How outlaw "spatial products"—resorts, information technology campuses, retail chains, golf courses, and ports—act as cunning pawns in global politics.
The Rise of Cooperative Art and Design
Author: Francesco Spampinato
Publisher: Chronicle Books
The past twenty years have seen a new generation of artists working together in small groups and large collectives to explore new avenues of art, design, performance, and commerce. In Come Together, author and visual artist Francesco Spampinato assembles an international roster of forty of today's most exciting and influential collectives, from design studios like Project Projects and political performance artists The Yes Men to flash mob provocateurs Improv Everywhere and the multimedia artists Assume Vivid Astro Focus. Alongside visual portfolios of their best work are in-depth interviews addressing each group's unique motivations, processes, and objectives. What emerges is a shared desire to turn viewers into producers and to use commercial mass-media strategies to challenge prevailing social, political, and cultural power structures. Come Together is an essential resource and inspiration for students, art lovers, and anyone interested in the cutting edge of visual culture.
Insights from the Creative Industries
Author: Derek Yates,Jessie Price
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The success of a piece of communication has always been dependent on the connection between content, form, audience and context – what the message is, who it's aimed at, what it looks like, and how and where it's communicated. In recent years the balance between these elements has shifted. This book bridges the gap between education and emerging practices to provide students and practitioners with the information they need to understand the new skillsets required to succeed in this changing communication environment. Organized into themes of brand, experience, conversation, participation, navigation, advocacy and critique, it explores the core ideas shaping contemporary practice. Alongside case studies of game changing projects, it uses analysis of historical context and interviews with key thinkers and practitioners to provide a relevant and contemporary guide to the creative employment landscape.