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Ballett Frankfurt
Campaign 2003/2004
With stroboscopic photography it is possible, for example, to combine the individual phases of a rapid movement in a single shot. Specific movements of the company’s repertoire create the different forms for the posters.

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März
Wir Sind Hier
Songs, which, for all the self-evident guise of High Pop, perpetually pose the question about positions, about themselves, itself, and thereby about me as well; songs, which circle around the question of position, of place and the quality of that place and thereby circle and encircle me until at some point or other (and almost automatically so), their question is my question: where am I – here? 2004

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40 Jahre Videokunst
Poster & Edition
A panorama of video art produced in Germany with more than 28 hours of historic as well as current works by 59 artists, distributed as a box of 12 DVD. The DVD study edition aims at furthering the perception and discussion of video art in academies, universities, schools etc. Due to copyright restrictions, the set can only be ordered by institutions from the fields of research and education for internal viewing. Any other use like public presentation, lending or selling is strictly prohibited. 2006

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Jorge Pardo
Tecoh
Tecoh is a sprawling series of buildings designed by the artist Jorge Pardo deep in the Yucatán jungle. Taking over six years to fabricate, and engaging existing ruins of a nineteenth-century hacienda, the project is by far the artist’s most ambitious work to date. This book offers the only available glimpse of the project, as it was primarily conceived as a private residence. Over 100 color images choreograph the reader around the myriad buildings and landscaping that constitute Tecoh—from subterranean concrete forms peaking out of the wild jungle grasses to quiet details of tiles and furniture to Pardo’s iconic bulbous lamps. Edited by ALEX COLES, 2012

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Nu Soul

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Sven Väth
Release and Label Identity

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Ballett Frankfurt
Campaign 2003
With stroboscopic photography it is possible, for example, to combine the individual phases of a rapid movement in a single shot. Specific movements of the company’s repertoire create the different forms for the posters.

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Rachel Whiteread
Transient Spaces
The artist was commissioned 2001 by Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin to make two large-scale casts from distinct spaces in a London building that she recently purchases as her home and studio. Although the building has a history as both a synagogue and a factory, it is a product of austere postwar architecture, lacking many of the traditional embellishments associated with such structures. The grafical Identity following the principles of omission.

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Gerhard Richter
Acht Grau (Eight Gray, 2002), commissioned for the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, this withdrawal is pointed, superseded by the spectators’ role in shaping both the form and meaning of the work. Edition Poster, Campaign and Printed Matter

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Lenbachhaus
An all-encompassing corporate identity was developed for the Lenbachhaus, the central element of which were the posters. In order to highlight the Lenbachhaus as a space and present its overall concept, the colour code was supplemented by the element of the respective titles. In this way, each of the past exhibitions can remain inserted behind the current typography as a reminder.
Despite the high frequency of exhibitions, this reminder system enables the artists to contact each other and to superimpose the contents of the programme in a single context.

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forcetracks
Minimal deephouse and microhouse related sublabel of Force Inc. Music Works. Previous 5 year catalog distributed through EFA Medien GmbH, which is now defunct.
The re-release of force tracks (now, Digital Disco Inc / Disco Inc) This is the new label run by Achim Szepanski, the owner and creator of the Force Inc empire, since its inception back in 1990.

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Autopoiesis
La Vie À Noi
1 Untitled 1:00 – 45 Untitled 1:00
Mille Plateaux ‎1999

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ZDF Info
Corporate Design Screens for the program extension of a public television station. The 2010 design idea visualizes a somewhat too coarse visible grid in which typography equally replaces the colored areas that are part of the identity of the broadcasting group.

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The Future Archive
The exhibition project The Future Archive picks up on artistic research projects of the 1970s and 1980s from the environment of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), which was founded in 1967 by György Kepes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge/USA. Project and contributions by: Maryanne Amacher, Luis Berríos-Negrón, Muriel Cooper, Olafur Eliasson, Florian Hecker, György Kepes, Richard Leacock / Jon Rubin, Amanda Moore, Otto Piene, Micah Silver / Robert The, Aldo Tambellini, Urbonas Studio / Nader Tehrani NADAAA, Markus Weisbeck, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, 2012 • Curator: Ute Meta Bauer

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Studio Ene Ammer
In the context of the Atelier Ene Ammer, a poster was designed for a fictitious exhibition about Ammer’s architectural exhibitions, which allegedly took place in 1985 at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Ene Ammer was one of the most important exhibition designers of the Estonian SSR. The title of the exhibition “Provisional Yoga” is the result of an attempt to show two contradictory modern figures of thought, as they were in the ornamental debate at the beginning of the 20th century. The curators: Mari Laanemets, Søren Grammel • Grazer Kunstverein 2009

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Frankfurter Kunstverein 2002/2003
Invitation Cards
An appropriate metaphor was the search for memory and a redefinition in the art debate in general. A calendar system was designed that brings together developments and events both in a general and concrete way. Dates and times are usually kept in the background. This calendar brings the background to the fore both graphically and thematically.

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Documenta 12 magazines
The documenta 12 magazines, conceived and directed by Georg Schöllhammer, invited over 90 publications – with different formats, media and orientations in the field of art, culture, and politics from around the world – to discuss about the motifs and themes of the 2007 edition. The project opened space for artists, art critics and theoreticians to plunge into an exercise of reflection on how major contemporary issues are presented in different socio-cultural contexts. Invited two years before the exhibition (16 June-23 September 2007), the participating publications have generated over 300 articles, essays, interviews, commentaries and illustrated essays that are gathered in the documenta 12 magazines online journal, where interested readers can assemble their own individual magazine.

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Rhizome
By visiting rhizome.org, your current IP address and the IP addresses of the last three visors were determined. These four Numbers finally creates the four stars which are superimposed to create the final logo design.

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Thomas Demand con Caruso St. John architetti a Palazzo Pitti
Publication
The German artist Thomas Demand presented in Florence six photographic works instating a dialogue with that extraordinary context that is Palazzo Pitti, three works have been made especially for this context. The Publication references on the proportions of the graphical tools. Curated by Francesco Bonami and Photography by Nic Tenwiggenhorn.

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The Forsythe Company 2004

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Michael Krebber
Michael Krebber: Les escargots ridiculises / The radicalized snails published in conjunction with 2012–2013 survey exhibiton of same name at the CAPC, Bordeaux, France. The most comprehensive catalogue, to-date, covering the work and career of German artist Michael Krebber.

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Paul Chan
The American artist Paul Chan has gained international acclaim for his video work, drawings and installations that blend a novel drafting aesthetic with philosophical reflections on politics, religion, sex and life. This beautifully produced monograph, published on the occasion of Chan’s highly anticipated one-person exhibition at New York’s recently unveiled New Museum of Contemporary Art, presents the first significant overview of his work. Spanning from the late 1990s through today, it is named for Chan’s most recent project, The 7 Lights (2005–07), a series of large-scale digital projections and drawings that “hallucinate” the Seven Days of Creation.

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Dominika Bednarski
For her first solo-show in the 1822-Forum we designed the communication and publication poster, invitation and catalogue based on images of the artworks.

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Big Orchestra
In this group exhi­bi­tion featuring inter­na­tional artists the SCHIRN presents pieces that also func­tion as musical instru­ments. The focus of the exhi­bi­tion, which is itself in a state of constant flux, is the playing of these sculp­tural instru­ments. The design themed on rotation and loops focusing one aspect of recorded music.

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Deutsches Ledermuseum
Publication
For the 100th anniversary, the German Leather Museum presents its outstanding collection from the fields of applied art, ethnology and the German Shoe Museum. The publication follows the idea of a colour range dividing the different chapters of the collection. Additional content is arranged on shortened pages in order to vary the rhythm of the publication. Deutsches Ledermuseum

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12th Homage to Morteza Momayez
with Presentation of works and lecture of Prof. Markus Weisbeck
& The Space for Visual Research (SfVR)
German Graphic Designer, Bauhaus University Weimar
24. Nov. – 01. December 2017
Iranian Artists Forum, North Mousavi St, Taleqani St, Tehran Iranian Artists Forum

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European Central Bank
Publication for the Memorial on the Site of the former Grossmarkthalle.
The memorial represents a dark period in the history of the Grossmarkthalle. Between 1941 and 1945 more than 10,000 Jewish citizens were deported to concentration camps from here. Architects Tobias Katz and Marcus Kaiser won an international competition to design the memorial with their plans to include haunting descriptions of the deportations engraved throughout the site.

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Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Publication Series
The editorial design follows a strict grid with one Sans-Serif typeface as base for the structural elements of the different thematic chapters. The volumes in the series comprise collected contributions on subjects that are the focus of discourse in terms of art theory, cultural studies, art history, and research at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and form the quintessence of international study and discussion taking place in the respective fields.

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AGI Seoul
Poster
Juxtaposing “Korean traditional geometric patterns” with “signboard culture nowadays in Korea” inspired typography. The Poster was developed for the 2016 AGI-Seoul-confernce together with the Korean Artist Sunah Choi.

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LUMA Arles
Identity
LUMA Arles is a new experimental contemporary art center that brings together artists, researchers, and creators from every field to collaborate on multi-disciplinary works and exhibitions. An artistic program developed in collaboration with LUMA Arles core group of artistic consultants – Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno, and Beatrix Ruf – is presented periodically in the already inaugurated venues of La Grande Halle, Les Forges and La Mécanique générale.LUMA Arles

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Nuit Blanche
Brand Identity
After an european design competition the institution selected this brandmark, which is both an identity and a keyvisual for this one-night event in Monte Carlo. The conceptual idea is a vage translation of pictures in the context of sailing of an mediterranean harbour without visualizing a regatta. The brand is translated to local posters, a website and merchandising products.

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Coexistence
Poster
For the AGI 2015 conference-theme in Biel, Switzerland the poster visualize the word within the same meaning than these hands organize this process of composing.
Coexistence characterizes the simultaneous presence of different systems, and peaceful coexistence is a fundamental condition for human beings to live as a community in peace and freedom.Alliance Graphique Internationale

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Shantel
Cover Design
Since 1997 Surface creates the art work for Shantel, including covers, posters etc., very often in collaboration with internationally renowned photographers as Studio Harcourt Paris for example.

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MMK 123 Posters
Posters
The number system 1, 2 and 3 makes each house distinguishable from one another. Furthermore this typographic intervention serves for the rapid understanding of positioning and enables the logo to function as a way of navigating through the city. MMK Frankfurt

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Architecture after Revolution
SANDI HILAL, ALESSANDRO PETTI, EYAL WEIZMAN
The work presented in this 2013 published book is an invitation to undertake an urgent architectural and political thought experiment: to rethink today’s struggles for justice and equality not only from the historical perspective of revolution, but also from that of a continued struggle for decolonization.

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possible! – Artists as Architects
Exhibition catalogue
For the first time, realized buildings and spaces, models and designs for possible buildings and utopian ideas and experiments, all of which are designed by creative artists, are presented in a comprehensive overview exhibition at Marta in Herford. Therefore Surface developed a magazine, that reflects the diversity of projects.

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MMK 123 SOON
Campaign
Due to the opening of a third location, the visual language of the MMK was updated with the typographical integration of a number system 1, 2 and 3 to the wordmark. To accompany this distinctive feature: the campaign with “soon” and “now” was used leading up to the opening of the new house. MMK Frankfurt

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Black Flags
Posters
Posters for William Forsythe’s exhibition at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.
In the ‘white cube’ of the Kunsthalle in the Lipsiusbau, two industrial robots wave enormous black flags, accompanied by the operating noise of the robots and their continuous movements.

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Space for Visual Research
Research Project
The Space for Visual Research was established at the Bauhaus-University Weimar in 2013 as a workshop and laboratory for experimental research into new graphic, abstract and visual worlds. The resulting “Space for Visual Research” publication is a lab book, a log of visual experiments conducted using physics, chemistry, optics and reproduction technology as starting points for image production. Published by Spector Books. Space for Visual Research Spector Books

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Zoom, Chinaski, Computational Historical Semantics, Kleinschuhwerk
Identity
Designed within individual sources and ideas translating the mostly given content of these institutions to a typographical or combined image-sign, which illustrates as composing the meaning and its function of each specific profession.

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The Capital of Desires
Corporate Design, Book Design
The key visual for the pavilion of Republic of Armenia at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice is based on a selection of hand drawn Armenian architecture.

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Schiefelbein Bauplastiken
Research Project
Two models by Prof. Hubert Schiefelbein were staged in space in an endless mirror room and photographed in different perspectives. Afterwards circles were cut out of the photo originals. Through the mirror space the sculptures regain their original seriality. Universität Weimar

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Goethe National Museum
Exhibition Graphics
For the new permanent exhibition “Flood of Life – Storm of Deeds” at the Goethe National Museum in Weimar, Surface has been commissioned for the art direction, involving exhibition graphics and navigation, working along side a joined concept of the exhibition architecture by MINC and a scenographical space by Meso.

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A Critical Reader
Book Design
In the form of a critical reader, Mario Pfeifer and Markus Weisbeck designed an artist’s publication which considers Pfeifer’s multiple screen, high definition video installation “A Formal Film” (2010) through essays and conversations from India and Europe. Furthermore the publication is a collection of printing techniques and paper stocks that are still available and specific to Mumbai. The publication also includes graphic illustrations, known as ‘Taxi Sticker Art’ as well as a ready-made bookmark. Spector Books

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Raster Noton
Anniversary Poster
The poster was designed for the anniversary evening celebration of the electronic-music label Raster Noton at the Volksbühne, Berlin and exhibits as a print a 4707 times enlargement of an offset-print-control-strip. This enlargement makes the quality of the offset checkable by way of a 1pt line or point in the center. The poster was printed in an edition of 20. Raster Noton

Rachel Harrison – Fake Titel
Book Design
Rachel Harrison’s innovative use of sculpture is fundamental to a younger generation of artists. Harrions uses found or purchased objects (readymades) which she incorporates into her sculptures. A catalogue for her exhibition “fake title” at the Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, was created in close collaboration with the New York artist.

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Signature Films, Historisches Museum Frankfurt, Forensic Architecture, nXg
Identity
As a rule we always promote the meaning of the institution – every graphical composing is readable as a translated visual. This translation as process is the team-result of research and conversation of the client with the designer.

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Gwangju Folly II
Key visual, Publication, Brand
The key visual for the project by Gwangju Biennale Foundation, South Korea, references the Korean tradition of wooden windows. Within the visual the title “Folly II” is visible in both Korean and English. Gwangju Folly II will commission new works from the following architects, artists, collectives, and writers: David Adjaye & Taiye Selasi, Ai Weiwei, Seok Hong Go & Mihee Kim, Rem Koolhaas & Ingo Niermann, Raqs Media Collective, Do-Ho Suh, Superflex, Eyal Weizman.
Nikolaus Hirsch (director), Philipp Misselwitz and Eui Young Chun (curators) Gwangjufolly

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Gravitationen
Research Project
This work is concerned with the development and exploration of visual forms, taking the visual principles of academic-artistic teachings on modernism in the relevant schools, institutes and colleges of the 20th century as a base. The studies are less a reference to modernity, but their methodologies should rather be understood as a departure from pure image as an artistic expression, regardless of an academic art or applied art education. Sternberg Press

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Fogo Island Art
Corporate Design, Publication Series
The corporate design is based on the north-western view of Newfoundland’s Fogo Island. The exhibition room is part of the Fogo Island Inn, a project by The Shore Fast Foundation, and most of the works exhibited here are created throughout the course of the individual artist residencies. Fogo Arts

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Furniture of the Fogo Island Inn
Catalogue
Publication on the interior design of the hotel “Fogo Island Inn” following the series of exhibition catalogues from “Fogo Island Arts”.Fogo Furniture

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Art Culture Technology, Cocoon, Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt und Museum Judengasse, Create
Identity

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Muriel Cooper Composings
Research Project
Markus Weisbeck plugs into itself a silkscreen plastic foil (which was used in the eighties by Murial Cooper in her Visual Language Workshops at the MIT in Cambridge) sets it up on a turn table and films it analog. Frieze

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Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt
Corporate Design
The museum of modern art introduces its completely new graphic appearance by bringing the label as the brand for the institution on the same level as its content. The brand manifests itself using a monogram as a constant element thoroughout all products of visual communication. MMK Frankfurt

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Deutsche Bank
Printed Matter, Logo
As a further development of the corporate design of the Deutsche Bank AG, different printed matter and digital applications as a play on the parameters of their typography and grids were developed.

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The Forsythe Company
Campaign 2010/2011
Structured textile surfaces describe in graphic form the repertoire of the new programme. Once again this series was conceived with William Forsythe and the photographer Dominik Mentzos.

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Liam Gillick, Biennale di Venezia 2009
Corporate Campaign
The campaign for the German Pavilion of the 53. Venice Biennale is based on the idea to display the artist’s name in several orthographical variations. Different refractions through a prims create the key visuals for the poster, invitations and website.

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SternbergPress
Publication Series
For the New York and Berlin based publisher Lukas & Sternberg, a pocketbook series was developed in 2000. The text of every first page is shown as an abstract facsimile on the cover. Thus, the expanding series has variations in title graphics, that can influence the individual authors. Including out-of-print editions, the series comprises 16 books. Sternberg Press

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Stamps DEUTSCHLAND/NEBRA
Stamp design
The sky disc is attributed to a site near Nebra, Saxony-Anhalt in Germany and during the bronze era dated ca. 1600 B.C. It is considered the world’s oldest, concrete depiction of the sky and as one of the most important archeological finds from this era. The theme of the stamp’s design illustrates an image of the sky disc as well as its burial objects.

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Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 2009
Campaign and Motion Design
In close collaboration with the director, Oliver Hardt, animations were created for the awards ceremony on February 13, 2009. All forms, where visual similarities to the New Bauhaus-Photograms were intended, were filmed entirely in a table-top studio. Afterwards, product photos and additional typography were digitally incorperated into the visual structures and animated. The dramatization included graphic compositions for the 25 prize-winners, moderation-screens and musical visualizations for Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebeszeit, who were responsible for the musical program. Surfacemotion Oliver Hardt

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The Forsythe Company
Campaign 2008/2009
The 2008/2009 campaign for the Forsythe Company displays black + white photography with abstract spaces that, due to their transference, emphasize the dynamics of the figure. The graphic composition integrates the typography in the areas with color and photography.

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Manifesta7 Biennial
Corporate Design
The idea for the key visuals of Manifesta7 changes abstractly between a bricolage and a tourist-alpine picture that is further underlined by color selection.
The theme of the animated wordmark with its possible variations describes the movement of the connecting waters between Franzensfeste and Roverto.

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Isa Genzken, Biennale di Venezia 2007
Corporate Campaign
The campaign for the German Pavilion of the 52. Venice Biennale illustrates specific excerpts of Venice, similar to Isa Genzken’s artistic style in her installation “Oil”. Thus, the image of the campaign is a reference to the cliché of the lagoon city just like the artistic contribution in the pavilion and cites that part of the work that uses similar reflections. Ordered were: advertisements, large-scale posters as well as an internet website.

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Städelschule Architecture Class
Corporate Design
Based on the abbreviation of the institutional name, Städelschule Architecure Class, the new brand focuses on the alphabetical character SAC. Following the abstraction, the single letters form a graphical construction. These constructs are based on divisions as the principle of a specific area which is required for positioning the pragmatic information. These single areas are now used as different gradient fields ignoring logical lighting parameters, with a maximum of possible variations.

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Siemens Stiftung
Printed Matter
On the basis of its corporate design for the Siemens AG, an independent design-concept for the Siemens Foundation was developed, that includes various printed matter and digital applications.

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Institute for Art Criticism Frankfurt am Main
Book Design
Surface designed a series of books for the Institute for Art Criticism Frankfurt founded by Daniel Birnbaum and Isabelle Graw. It is published by Sternberg Press.

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The Forsythe Company
Campaign 2007/2008
The dancers corpuses are defragmented into new abstract forms with intentional cuts and collages. The dynamic and procedural method corresponds to Forsythe’s choreography.

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Whatness
Label/Cover Design
Whatness is an audio gallery founded in 2000 with the aim of combining structures of the visual and musical arts. Internationally renowned artists present their own works as entirely autonomous artistic positions. The fusion of these positions in a project specially created for Whatness generates an expansion of the original media and explores the possibilities of an exchange between art and music by various means such as graphic notation, instrument making and vocal art. The respective collaborations are then published as a CD. Whatness

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