The Phaistos Project has been exhibited at Kunst-Station Sankt Peter in Cologne in 2014. The centerpiece was a gigantic spiral of symbols uniting the work developed by participants from across the globe. In combination with the little book of symbols, visitors were able to decode the signs while walking along the circles. Cologne, Summer 2014.
Curation, concept and installation in collaboration with Andreas Henrich und Olivier Arcioli. Symbols designed by participants.
subcologne PrintedPreview is a handcrafted time-stamped curated collection of projects developed by subcologne over the last 20 years. It’s an appetizer that can be browsed offline but connects to various digital and virtual platforms. Mixed materials.
The Observational Practices Lab, Parsons, (co-directed by Pascal Glissmann and Selena Kimball) launches a multi-phase project and investigation, OBJECT AMERICA, to explore the idea of “America” through everyday objects. The aim is to use comparative research and observational methods—which may range from the scientific to the absurd—to expose unseen histories and speculate about the future of the country as a concept. The contemporary global media landscape is fast-moving and undercut by “fake news” and “alternative facts” which demands that students and researchers build a repertoire of strategies to assess and respond to sources of information. For the first phase of OBJECT AMERICA launching in the fall of 2017, we invited Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, to choose an object for this investigation which she believed would represent “America” into the future (she chose the Model 500 Telephone by Henry Dreyfuss designed in 1953). Researchers will investigate this object through different disciplinary lenses — including art, climate science, cultural geography, data visualization, economics, history of mathematics, medicine, media theory, material science, music, poetry, and politics — in order to posit alternative ways of seeing. www.objectamercia.org
The project develops its own visual framework while it unfolds. There is no branding handbook or style guide. Instead, there is a growing repertoire of elements that is inspired by research, the object and the process. The unwrapping of the objects — sent by e-bay sellers from all over the country — was a striking experience. It offered a visual and ethnographic journey into the history of “America” while surprising with artifacts from current politics to pop culture.
“All Exits Are Final” is a study that explores the eco-system of global icons that is supposed to save us from clumsy mishaps by depicting what could be our very last minute on planet earth. Once you exit: No return. www.all-exits-are-final.com
The Phaistos Project Forty Five Symbols Publication #1
Handmade on a risograph: The first publication of the Phaistos Project introduces 6 selected projects and the framework/history of the initiative. The Phaistos Project is a collaborative exploration of visual language that unites international students, teachers, scholars, and ideas. Inspired by the cryptic yet powerful character of The Phaistos Disc, participants develop collections of 45 unique symbols to represent the essence of their identity, or the spirit of a culture that is relevant to them. Their mission is not to create additions to the endless repertoire of functional pictograms. Instead, they are driven by personal storytelling and creating ethnographic visual anecdotes that are subjective, stimulating and inviting.
Concept, editing and design in collaboration with Andreas Henrich und Olivier Arcioli.
“Talking About Seeing” is the first publication of the Observational Practices Lab. It combines a transcript of the panel discussion “Talking About Seeing” with experimental research drafts from students who investigated observational practices in the context of the everyday at Parsons School for Design and the Institute for Art and Art Theory at the University of Cologne. It is published digitally and free to the public. A small run of printed copies has been published Summer 2017. The publication is not only a hybrid in terms of content. It also combines art book paper with a simple blue craft paper to express the transdisciplinary approach of this investigation that bridges between social & natural science and the arts. The binding is inspired by the ongoing dialogue and the process-oriented nature of this investigation. Pages, personal forms, and public findings can be added between any two pages to disrupt the “report” with new perspectives.
The catalog “Nightvision” introduces both work and methods of Brooklyn-based visual artist Selena Kimball. The publication offers insight into her research-driven process through the examination of primary and secondary sources that inspire her work.
Concept development and hands-on visual composition for this publication have been highly collaborative to push the boundaries of what we know as the “traditional artist catalog” and advance it to a tool, a studio visit, that provides more insight than the pur depiction of work.
Nine handcrafted sculptures of knitted wire occupy the entrance hall of The High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart. Commissioned by the University of Stuttgart/HLRS. The building hosts a supercomputer that calculates scientific currents on a top-notch high-technology level. In contrast to this advanced digital networked process, the parasites use a basic analog process to translate currency into a sensual experience. Small electronic subjects are sitting on the outside of the knitted sculptures and assimilate sunlight into mechanical murmur and movement. Light is absorbed by solar cells, transported through the knitted wire to the inner organs of the parasite and transformed into sound and motion through a simple analog circuit.
The organic appearance of the sculptures creates a strong contrast to the formal, modern architecture and its glossy intense-colored walls. However, it feels that the hive of light-depending parasites wisely chose this bright and open entrance hall. Visitors of the building will perceive the subtle mechanical murmur when they enter the building. The second floor balcony offers them the opportunity to observe the living invaders from a higher perspective.
Visuals for the play “wepa!” by Camilo Almonacid, directed by Angel Morales. “Wepa!” was shown the the FUERZA LGBTQ & Latino Festival in Harlem, New York City, 2016. Wepa! begins on a Spring day in NYC. Carlos and Jeff are and Marisol Carrere tanning on their rooftop. They have been dating now for 2 years, and living together in their dream apartment in the Upper West Side with a view of Central Park. They have a dog and are truly in love and in it for the long haul. But not everything in a relationship is absolutely defined, and unexpected tribulations always arise especially when Carlos and Jeff realize they have extremely opposing views when it comes to the M word. Will they be able to overcome their differences and have a life together? The odds might be against them, but when adversity strikes, their lives are put into perspective.