The Art of Conversation:
showcases specially created original work from a selected group of 20 young and established designers and design studios and exhibits the results in both London at Idea Generation Gallery and Berlin at Program Gallery.
From January to March 2010 the participants, 10 London based design studios and 10 Berlin based design studios, played a visual game of Chinese Whispers. Each participant was presented with a work/idea from the previous participant in the chain via a Skype chat, they then had 3 days to interpret it and forward their results to the next participant.
These responses could take any form; from sculpture to performance, photograph to text.
Far from being a simple showcase of each individual’s work, this is a dynamic collaborative process in which the creatives engaged with and reinterpret concepts and designs generated by their fellow designers. The exhibitions are an exemplification of the design process itself laying bare the ways in which ideas are realised visually through a multiplicity of techniques, materials and cultural influences.
As such the curators hope to demonstrate the different approaches and aesthetics of London practitioners and their Berlin based counterparts whilst facilitating a complex mash up of the two. The curators hope that this resulting body of works demonstrates that creativity is never predictable and infinitely varied.
Additionally to the created pieces of artwork, each participating studio has designed a limited edition two colour screen print in response to their involvement in the process.
This allows the designers to showcase an uninhibited style and acts as a point of reference for the work they have produced during the The Art of Conversation: London—Berlin. These prints will be available for purchase both at the exhibitions and online, see the banner at the top of this website to take you to our online shop.
"We hope the show is a journey allowing the viewer to follow the tangential ideas of the participants. Often exhibitions only show finished works, and the process of reaching them can be just as interesting. This show is unique in that the finished pieces are both the inspiration for the work and the work itself"
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The exhibitions have generated a huge amount of interest with several articles and coverage in Form, Financial Times, Dazed & Confused, Evening Standard, Design Week, Blueprint etc.
See the press coverage here
The London Show
11TH MAY—24TH MAY 2010
Idea Generation Gallery
11 Chance Street
London, E2 7JB
+44 (0)20 7749 6850
The Berlin Show
12TH JUNE—3RD JULY 2010
+49 (0)30 3950 9318
The curating design agencies BANK & INVENTORY Studio also developed the striking visual identity for the whole project which includes flyers, posters, catalogue, website, and both exhibition spaces.
See the visual identity here
We are very pleased to have ten of London's and ten of Berlin's most exciting and innovative designers and design studios taking part in the project and presenting works in both exhibitions.
Click on the participants names to see the created artworks.
- Alexandre Bettler
- Alexandre Bettler's work has a strong relationship to everyday life and the small elements that surround us, always trying to create communication starters.
- Anthony Burrill
- Anthony Burrill is an independent designer and illustrator who works in a broad range of activities, including print, film and internet. After studying Graphic Design at Leeds Polytechnic he completed an MA in Graphic Design at the Royal College of Art, London where he created his now trademark technique for direct communication. ...more
- APFEL (A Practice for Everyday Life) is a graphic design studio based in London, founded by Kirsty Carter and Emma Thomas in 2003. The focus of the studio’s work is with cultural institutions and individuals, often for galleries and museums, events, exhibitions, publishing and editorial. ...more
- DanHasPotential is the other name of Daniel Brereton, an illustrator and filmmaker based in London. He was born in Kendal, Cumbria and studied Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts....more
- Eat Sleep Work/Play
- Antoine and Zamir met in 2003 when they crossed the channel, respectively from France and Switzerland, to study Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins. Shortly afterwards they got together to set-up creative practice Eat Sleep Work/Play, as an umbrella label for freelance and collaborative work undertaken alongside their curriculum....more
- Formed in 2005 by brothers Jody and Luke, Hudson-Powell is a design studio working in print, interactive and motion graphics. Both Luke and Jody studied Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins with Jody going on to do the Virtual Environments MSC at Bartlett school of Architecture....more
- Rhonda Drakeford (1972, Dortmund Germany) and Harry Woodrow (1974, London) founded Multistorey in 1997, a year after both graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. A deliberately small studio, they have worked for a broad range of clients, from tiny fashion labels to multi-national companies....more
- Oscar & Ewan
- Oscar & Ewan is a small, London based design studio founded in 2007. They work in many different avenues of graphic design and art direction, from music, to books, exhibitions, identity and art installations. Oscar is from Stockholm and Ewan is from Aberdeen....more
- Simon Elvins
- Simon Elvins is an independent designer who lives and works in London. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2006 he was named as one one of Creative Review's Creative Futures, winning the Interactive and Digital media category....more
- Value and Service
- Sean Murphy is a graphic designer and founding partner of Value and Service. He lives and works in London....more
- 123buero is a Berlin based graphic design practise, set up by Timo Gaessner after graduating from Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2002. The studio works for commercial and institutional clients across various medias, driven by analytic thought and detailed craftsmanship, processing from content to form....more
- The Berlin firm “blotto design” is Elvira Barriga, Prof. Heike Grebin, Johannes Siemer, Andreas Trogisch and Ian Warner.
Originally founded as “grappa design” in 1989, in East Berlin, the company has evolved and reinvented itself continuously over its 20 year history....more
- Heimann und Schwantes
- Heimann und Schwantes is a Berlin based design studio, founded in 2007 by Michael Heimann and Hendrik Schwantes. They mostly work in collaborative projects with clients in the fields of art and architecture....more
- Hort began its inhabitance back in 1994, under the previous stage name of Eike´s Grafischer Hort. But who the hell is Eike? Eike is the creator of HORT....more
- Christopher Jung and Tobias Wenig met at the Academy of Visual Arts (HGB) in Leipzig in 1999. Among their professors were Cyan and Günter Karl Bose. In 2004 they founded Jung+Wenig (jung = young, und = and, wenig = little)....more
- Kerstin Finger, working as Kekiretta, studied Architecture in Darmstadt for 2 years. Then she changed her mind and studied Graphic Design....more
- Manuel Raeder
- Manuel Raeder lives and works in Berlin. His main focus lies in generating collaborations with artists, plants, scientists, parrots, fashion designers, printers, interns, librarians, curators, rappers, photocopiers, book binders, non-professionals and theorists, always questioning upon the practice and reevaluating the position that humans have in relation to their objects. ...more
- Node is a Berlin and Oslo based graphic design studio, founded in 2003 by Anders Hofgaard and Serge Rompza. Vladimir Llovet Casademont joined the collaboration in 2006. All three studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam....more
- Siggi Eggertsson
- Siggi Eggertsson was born in Akureyri, a small town on the north coast of Iceland. He first showed interested in Graphic Design at the age of 14 when he became involved in local design programs creating posters for jazz concerts and art exhibitions....more
- As a language, slang shares characteristics with my approach and sensibility: vivid, sharp, metaphorical and challenging....more
In addition to the created artworks, each studio has also designed a two colour poster in response to both their involvement in the process and the exhibition’s title. Each poster is hand numbered and printed in an edition of 100.
See the ltd. edition silk screen prints here
The starting point (07/01/2010)
The Curators—Eat Sleep Work/Play
Exchange 01 (12/01/2010)
Eat Sleep Work/Play—Slang
Exchange 02 (15/01/2010)
Slang—Value and Service
Exchange 03 (20/01/2010)
Value and Service—123buero
Exchange 04 (25/01/2010)
Exchange 05 (28/01/2010)
Exchange 06 (02/02/2010)
Exchange 07 (05/02/2010)
Exchange 08 (10/02/2010)
Kekiretta—Oscar & Ewan
Exchange 09 (16/02/2010)
Oscar & Ewan—Manuel Raeder
Exchange 10 (19/02/2010)
Manuel Raeder—Hudson Powell
Exchange 11 (24/02/2010)
Exchange 12 (01/03/2010)
Exchange 13 (04/03/2010)
Alexandre Bettler—Heimann und Schwantes
Exchange 14 (09/03/2010)
Heimann und Schwantes—Multistorey
Exchange 15 (12/03/2010)
Exchange 16 (17/03/2010)
Exchange 17 (22/03/2010)
Exchange 18 (25/03/2010)
Exchange 19 (30/03/2010)
Simon Elvins—Siggi Eggertsson
Exchange 20 (02/04/2010)
Siggi Eggertsson—The Curators