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Talk with Prem Krishnamurthy / Project Projects

Critical Breakdown: The Intersection of Art, Curatorial Practice, and Exhibition Design
Date: November 26, 2011
Time: 16:00–17:30
Location: Gestalten Space, Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Gestalten is pleased to welcome Prem Krishnamurthy—graphic designer, curator, and founding principal of renowned New York design studio Project Projects—for a talk on Saturday, November 26, examining the specific intersections of artistic and curatorial practice within the field of exhibition design.

While these disciplines have typically been investigated separately, the 1980s and 1990s witnessed the emergence of artists Judith Barry, Ken Saylor, Group Material, Martin Beck, and others, who approached exhibition design and other forms of public display as creative acts of intervention within established modes of spectatorship. At the same time, graphic designers worked to define an expanded practice that could encompass editing, publishing, and self-consciousness towards the modulation of content through its mediation. These historical precedents create a context for discussing critical approaches to the twin fields of exhibition design and curating, both within the gallery and without.

Krishnamurthy will discuss, in addition to these issues, a selection of the studio's recent design work that expands upon the idea of what “exhibiting” might mean across different media.

About Project Projects
Headed by principals Prem Krishnamurthy, Adam Michaels and Rob Giampietro, Project Projects is undoubtedly one of the most interesting design studios in practice today. Acclaimed for their conceptual, content-driven and progressive approach to visual form, the studio works with a highly focused set of clients from the cultural sector that includes the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. Deeply rooted in contemporary cultural discourse, Project Projects produces work across a wide range of media: artist books, catalogs, and institutional identity systems, to websites, exhibition design, signage, and infrastructure projects.

Project Projects is featured in several Gestalten publications, including the recently released Visual Storytelling: Inspiring a New Visual Language, Turning Pages: Editorial Design for Print Media, and Left, Right, Up, Down: New Directions in Signage and Wayfinding.

Be sure to check out our feature on Project Projects.

This talk will take place in English.
As with all of our talk events, this event is free.


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