Palms on Balconies – “Homing – Auf der Suche nach Zuhause”

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The exhibition “Homing” investigates the many notions, shapes and relations towards home in contemporary Romania in times of migration for work and economically challenging domestic developments. Gabriel Amza and me contributed with an excerpt from our project “Palms on Balconies”. It featured a series of photographs of houses built for the representative purposes of privates’ and photograms of building materials and objects we’ve found on construction sites.

Exhibited at Literaturhaus Stuttgart, 21.01.20 – 13.03.20. Curated by MISC Timișoara, House of the Arts Timișoara, Haus der Heimat des Landes Baden-Württemberg. Further exhibiting artists were Ema Staicut, Lavinia Braniște, Andrea Wolfer, Julia Lauter, Holger Fröhlich, Gabriel Amza, Philipp Meuser, Enver Hirsch, Jan Anderson, Juha Hansen.

2020

Poster Full Shade Half Moon – Neha Hirve

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For MISC, an off-space for the arts in Timișoara, Romania

2018

Palms on Balconies – A visual study of contemporary houses…

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…from Romania built for representation

Since the revolution in 1989, Romania has seen a big wave of houses built for representative purposes, so-called palaces. These buildings challenge in many ways societal and administrative norms, and are built by a diverse range of people. Mostly commonly associated with these buildings are people of Roma origin, nevertheless a more widespread audience partakes in this building culture.

Seen from a social perspective, the work aims to broaden the previously limited research with a more differentiated approach. Through exchange with a substantial range of protagonists, and by working with visual ethnography, the project therefore seeks to produce typological images that inquire how social status is established through architecture.

Mentoring: Sarah Owens, Alex Hanimann, Jonas Voegeli
MA-thesis project in Visual Communication, Design, Zurich University of the Arts
Photography and writing in collaboration with Gabriel Amza
Typeface “Sono” by Simon Mager
#palaceresearch

Stiftung Buchkunst, Förderpreis für junge Buchgestaltung 2018, Shortlist

2018

Palms on Balconies – Photogrammetries

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Photograms of found objets on construction sites in Romania during fieldtrips for inquiring architectural expressions for social status.
Digitalized at HSLU Lucerne with Lukas Galantay
2018

Æther No°01 Publication & Website

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Hybrid platform for the simplified publication of essays written at the D-GESS Department of ETH Zurich. The project resulted in a website that publishes the monothematic issues in the form of articles on a website, downloadable pdfs and as a generatively layouted publication. Particular attention was paid to the tooling character, the design is based on a predefined system, the realization is managed by the backend. Further information: aether.ethz.ch.

In collaboration with: Loraine Olalia, Nadine Wüthrich
Mentoring ZHdK: Sarah Owens, Jonas Vögeli, Patrik Ferrarelli
D-GESS ETH: Nils Güttler, Max Stalder, Niki Rhyner
Coding: Daniel Stutz
Publisher: intercomverlag

2018

Jeanette Badura – Klang kuratieren

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Thesis work for friend and fellow student Jeanette Badura, ZHdK

Typeface Sono by Simon Mager
2018

Romanian Palace Research: Typologic primer

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Investigation on the typology of representative mansions built in Romania. 50 houses in two towns were therefore taken into consideration with Google Street View. Next to Certeze, in north-romania, where mostly romanian construction workers come from and built their concrete dreams, the second one was Buzescu, a town mostly with a high population of Roma and well-known for their estate. By doing so, the project strives to question the exoticized perception of the often Roma-only ascribed phenomenon. Ongoing project, MA Visual Communication, ZHdK.
2017

Junior Design Research Conference

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Design for this years Junior Design Research Conference held at Zurich University of the Arts.
Mentoring: Patrik Ferrarelli
Typeface: Groteska by Dominik Junker
2017

Lea Rudolph – Dauerausstellungen in Kunstgewerbemuseen

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Design of the thesis publication for Lea Rudolph at ZHdK. Typeface “Rima” by Simon Mager. 2017

L’OFFICIEL Schweiz/Suisse – Redesign 2016

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Redesign and art direction of the monthly fashion magazine L’OFFICIEL Schweiz/Suisse. Client: Editions Jalou CH
2016

Laufen Ceramic – Magazine inlet

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Realized as a freelance graphic designer, for Raffinerie AG with Reto Ehrbar and Helen Pombo.

2014

7132

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Identity design for the reopening of Therme Vals. Realised as a freelance graphic designer, for Raffinerie AG with Reto Ehrbar and Enea Toldo. Creative direction by Frank Baumann, photography by Gianni Pisano.

7132.com

2014

7132.com

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Webdesign-concept for the reopening of Therme Vals. Realised as a freelance graphic designer, for Raffinerie AG with Reto Ehrbar and Enea Toldo.
Creative direction by Frank Baumann, photography by Gianni Pisano, coding by Square.

7132.com

2014

Future Europe

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Future Europe is a compilation of ideas and perspectives on the future of Europes living environments. In a dynamic understanding of the term Europe as an ever-changing idea, lies a chance, a space and a moment for reinterpreting it’s future. The project attempts to enrich the debate about the future of Europe which currently appears to be dominated foremost by economical issues. The creative practices inherit such a counterbalancing power as they draft, explore, play and prototype. They have not only the potential but probably even the duty to intervene, to communicate aims and provide alternatives and to publicly question the current state. The contributions to this project are coming mostly from students and young professionals and express a multitude of views on how a Europe of the future can be envisioned. By publishing this body of work, the project aims to be a tool for discourse.

Next to this publication, the project consists of a concept for a touring exhibition, a website and a compiling table realised for the graduation show.
Mentoring by Prof. Alice Chi and Prof. Matthias Siegert.
Contribution to 26th Intl. Biennial of Graphic Design, Brno, CZ.
For further reading, see the following essay.

future-europe.info

2013

A Collaborative Challenge

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A scenario on the relationship between the client Claire Vanderhulst, and you, the reader, slipping into the role of her designer.
Half autobiographic, half idealistic, it’s a summary of the yet learned lessons on collaborative working with clients.

Next to Kai Bernau’s Lyon, the publication is set in my custom alteration RS Claire Medium.
In showcasing formality but also personal character, RS Claire attempts to pick up the role-based relationship of collaborations.

Mentoring Nicole Udry
ECAL, University of Art and Design Lausanne, CH

2013

Planstadt Eisenhüttenstadt – “Ich habe mich nie eingeengt gefühlt”

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Eisenhuettenstadt is GDR’s first planned city, located in East-Germany near Frankfurt Oder.
In the early 1950’s, this new city was built near an iron-hut to supply housing for up to 55.000 people.

While other planned cities were mostly build with readymade “Plattenbau”-segments, Eisenhüttenstadt’s city structure is more crafted and differentiated. It appears almost like a condensation in fixed-matter of the GDR’s vision for the life in idealism of the new socialistic man, as the GDR used to nurture it in the 50’s. The citizens often used to identify themselves with this, until the fall of the berlin wall in 1989. After crucial political and economical changes, Eisenhüttenstadt is nowadays confronted with completely other circumstances, way of lifes and ideologies.

The publication and exhibition “Planstadt Eisenhüttenstadt” is meant as an possibility for an recognising and understandable approach to this field of tension. As authors we wanted to document the present status quo of Eisenhüttenstadt, cross the axes of the planned city, walk on it’s borders, and collect experiences of the citizens for an deeper, self reflected discourse on the relation of man and architecture on this particular place.

In collaboration with Tobias Keinath
Co-author Ben Kaden
Fotographic Assistance by Marija Heinecke
Mentoring by Markus Artur Fuchs &
Prof. Matthias Siegert

SUPER GROTESK HÜTTE – type family alteration in 3 weights, courtesy of FontFont Intl.

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2012