- 27th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2016
A Shelf for Lothar is a typological survey of book designer Lothar Reher’s work for Spektrum, a series of 279 books released by GDR publisher Volk und Welt between 1968 and 1993, including short stories, novellas, film scripts, critical theory and poems. The series design is distinguished by its black jackets, sparse typography and a rich and varied use of imagery. Recurring visual motifs include skulls, female faces, frames, landscapes and museological artefacts. As well as presenting thematic groupings of these remarkable jacket designs, the exhibition aims to interrogate how the book as content and the shelf as mode of display can be given equal significance, while also attempting to disclose something of Reher’s working practices and preoccupations.
This event is a part of the Off Programme – open space devoted to workshops, interventions, and other presentations and activities related to graphic design. The authors are solely responsible for the nature of this event. The program is subject to change.
Wayne Daly is a London-based graphic designer, focusing primarily on publishing, editorial and visual identity work. Recent projects include the catalogue for Hayward Gallery’s major exhibition Carsten Höller: Decision (2015); Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist’s The Age of Earthquakes for Penguin (2015); and the visual identity for artist Sean Lynch’s Irish pavilion Adventure: Capital at the 2015 Venice Biennale. He is co-founder of Bedford Press, a publishing imprint at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, which publishes books and e-books at the intersection of architecture, visual art, graphic design and theory. Collaborators include artists Gustav Metzger, Joseph Grigely, Emma Smith and Can Altay, architects Kersten Geers, Jack Self and Shumi Bose, and photographers Giovanna Silva and Bas Princen. Bedford Press has exhibited numerous times at international book fairs, including the New York Art Book Fair at MoMa PS1, LA Art Book Fair at MOCA and Miss Read at KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin. He has contributed texts to the journals AA Files, The National Grid and A Circular, and lectured at various British and international schools and institutions including the Royal College of Art, Werkplaats Typografie, Whitechapel Gallery, the Architectural Association and the American University of Beirut. In 2015 he was an invited consultant to the Swiss Federal Office of Culture for the appointment of the designer for the 2016 Most Beautiful Swiss Books exhibition and publication.
Adrien Vasquez is French graphic and type designer working in London with John Morgan. He has contributed texts and translations to the journals .txt, Azimuts and From–To.
The Off Programme is conceived as an open space for workshops, interventions and other graphic design presentations. Following the success of its launch in the previous edition, this time it will be primarily focused on exhibition projects.
The authors are solely responsible for the nature of this event. The program is subject to change.