Germany at the Venice Biennale

The Making Of
Posted by Gestalten—07/2013

A Deutsche Welle documentation film accompanied and unveiled the process of making the German Pavilion—from the underlying decision to swap pavilions with France, to the artists’ remarks on their contributions, and the on-site mounting in Venice.

Afore, the official BiennaleChannel has featured an insightful portrait of the German Pavilion, with curator Susanne Gaensheimer going into details about the exhibited artworks and discussing how the artist selections came about. Further, Santu Mofokeng and Romuald Karmakar have been filmed in the exhibition giving statements on their artworks.

The 30-minute film by Deutsche Welle even goes back to 2012, interviewing Ai Wei Wei in Beijing and tracing back the roots of Gaensheimer's international curational approach. With interviews of all four artists, the video gives an in-depth look behind the scene.

Seeing the artworks in progress reveals a lot about the artists' concerns. With showing Santu Mofokeng during a car ride through Soweto and preparing his photo prints in Berlin months before the Biennale's opening, the video aims at getting most close to the photographer's perspective. While installing his work in Venice, Romuald Karmakar explains how the visual axes between his screenings communicate, and Gaensheimer examines that in his work one finds proof for the fact that ideology is no longer bound to geography. At the same time, Dayanita Singh brings the entire thematic focus to a very significant point as she discloses why she wouldn't want to see herself in the Indian pavilion, explaining her dislike for categorizing nationality.

According to Gaensheimer, what all four artists reflect—although their backgrounds couldn't be more diverse—is how the internationality we find in our lives today affects the daily reality of a single person.

The debate continues in the German Pavilion's official catalog and its 11 bylined articles. Among the authors are academics from the fields of art and cultural science, curators, journalists, philosophers, writers, artists, critics, political scientists, patrons, and migration researchers who are debating art and (inter)nationality including Geoff Dyer, Jacques Mandelbaum, Santu Mofokeng, Uli Sigg, Mark Terkessidis, Ranjit Hoskote, Aveek Sen, François Jullien, Simon Njami, Jeff Kelley, and Gilles Kepel. These critical texts are put into visual form by Chris Rehberger, whose work also makes a clear contribution to their debate.

A Crafty Outline Stencil Sans

Designed by Martin Aleith, the new Gestalten font QUANTEN combines geometric design with calligraphic elegance. In a new interview with Aleith, we leave aside the standard questions and talk in depth about the actual design process of his new font.
Posted by Gestalten—07/2014

An Interview with Autoban

Istanbul design studio Autoban just completed one of their biggest projects to date, the new terminal at Baku International Airport. In an interview for their Gestalten book, Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar explain their approach to design.
Posted by Gestalten—07/2014

Favorite Tents for Outsiders

Calling all romantics, adventurers, and restless spirits: here’s a selection of the best tents from our book The Outsiders: New Outdoor Creativity.
Posted by Gestalten—07/2014

Better Smoking

Michael Wickert has founded Glut & Späne, Berlin's first sustainable fish smokehouse. With their fish now available at Gestalten Pavilion, we glimpse behind the scenes.
Posted by Gestalten—07/2014

Michael Wickert spends the day handling sea salt, juniper berries, beechwood kindling and a big oven. And fish. Lots of fish. 

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Wheels & Waves Review #02

Posted by Angie—07/2014

“The best journeys in life are those that answer questions you never thought to ask.” – Rich Ridgeway

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Two-day Workshop with Erik Spiekermann

Advanced Letterpress Workshop
Posted—07/2014

PLEASE READ: Due to changes in schedules, our upcoming workshop with Erik Spiekermann, which was previously scheduled for July 25–26 has been changed to August 7–8, 2014. 

Erik Spiekermann is the epitome of a typographer. With his typefaces, commercial projects, and enterprises, he has shaped the world of graphic design like no other. Gestalten proudly teams up with Erik Spiekermann to host a series of letterpress workshops at his newly opened P98A gallery.  

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Hello, I am Erik

The German Letterman
Posted by Angie—07/2014

Gestalten.tv meets with Erik Spiekermann, who has been “suffering from typomania” all his life. 

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Librairie Coiffard

Nantes
Posted by Gestalten—07/2014

July Shop of the Month

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Celebrating New Outdoor Creativity
Posted—05/2014

The Chamber of Curiosity on Yatzer. "A book of pioneering interior design that focuses on telling the story behind the interiors themselves (...)."

Oasis on GEO.de. "Der Bildband "Oasis" zeigt die schönsten Rückzugsorte dieser Welt (...). Allein das Blättern sorgt für eine kurze Alltagsflucht."

Berlin Wonderland on Intellectures.

Berlin Wonderland on Deutsche Welle.

The Outsiders featured in the July issue of Au Arkkitehtiuutiset.

Gestalten Pavilion recommended in tip Berlin's summer special.

Berlin Wonderland on a double-page spread in the July/August issue of Groove.

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