Europeⁿ - shop items
Thinking Europe - The Scenario Book
Edited by Barbara Steiner
ENGLISH / GERMAN
Design by Oliver Klimpel and Aurelia Markwalder
264 pages, 180 b/w and coloured images, soft cover, format 21 x 29,7 cm
Thirty scenarios and thus thirty ways of thinking about Europe from the perspective of
art form the basis of this book. A number of curators and curatorial teams from Brussels,
Istanbul, London, Łódź, Minsk, Novi Sad, Høvikodden/Oslo, Donostia-San Sebastián
and Taipei were invited to develop three scenarios each on how to approach Europe,
its heterogeneity and its diversity of voices. The book assembles essays by distinct
contributors that dwell on European narratives alongside textual and pictorial descriptions
of three scenario shows and the exhibited artworks. Referencing the exhibition graphics
of the scenarios, the book-design expands the typographic motifs from the gallery spaces
into the printed format.
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Design: Oliver Klimpel, Aurelia Markwalder
Three pieces of clothing were designed on occasion of the project exhibitions.
The first T-shirt design takes up forms of Jugendstil, an intrinsically European movement
at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, which expressed itself in a
variety of regional and national variations, such as the work of the Viennese Werkstätte or
Art Nouveau. Today these forms have become their own cliché and have ended in banal
and kitschy ornamentations of restaurants and souvenir-shops. By reassigning this style
to a T-shirt print, complexities of graphic codes and the incorporation of signs and symbols
respectively into political and musical movements or into corporate culture are reflected.
The second T-shirt refers to an episode of graphic agitation in popular culture, namely
the innovative potency and corruption of an era of “flash and trash” of the 80s and its
transformation into a commodified Pan-European dance-culture of the 90s. Taking
the typography which was developed by the English graphic designer Neville Brody
for underground music magazines and record sleeves as a central point of reference,
the design for this T-shirt deals with the conversion of codes and identities of cultural
minorities into material that the graphic design avant-garde considers now “toxic”.
The third piece, a silk shirt, alludes to globalised fonts as the typographic equivalent of
neo-liberal concepts, to signs and symbols of transferable, packaged digital typefaces
containing all characters and accents of the numerous languages and alphabets. These
fonts are dominating today’s business communication. The make and finish of this shirt
deliberately creates a familiarity to styles of corporate and entrepreneurial culture.
*This shirt can only be preordered. Please use the commentary field in the end of the form.
Europeⁿ - Badges
For each location a bespoke badge is designed and manufactured. It features a symbol, a visual pun, a graphic comment or a reference to the realised project or city involved in the
Europeⁿ project. Following conversations, the design can digress from common graphic principles of colour and composition.
If you would like to pick a custom selection of badges, please use the commentary field at the bottom of the page. Price per badge: 1 Euro
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Poster-Edition Europeⁿ, 2012
by Oliver Klimpel
8 Motifs, Split-Fountain-Printing,
700 x 1000mm + 480 x 660mm, on different paper stock
The poster-edition by Oliver Klimpel consists of a range of prints in split-fountain-printing-technique. They include four designs called "flags" which feature gradients and represent
the increased blurring of insignia and signs of today’s nation state.
The set further includes an image of a moonscape referring to extra-territorial speculations
and fictions about Europe, a composition with quotes by the participating curators, a poster
with the various typographic scenarios about Europe and the two signature badges for
All these motifs were printed in a rare printing technique, in which inks are mixed on a
single printing cylinder. Through the rotation of the cylinder the colour sections change
their position slightly during the printing process. Hence, each print is unique. Klimpel
makes use of a standard industrial process of reproduction which is modified specifically to
produce original variety.
*If you want to pick a selection of posters, please use the commentary field at the bottom of the page.
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