Starts/Speculations: Graphic Design in Chicago, Past and Future
Chicago Design Museum
12 June – 30 September 30, 2014
We were asked, “in what ways will technology change how we communicate in the next 100 years and beyond?” We see rolling wheels in these double zeros. We see the serpent Ouroboros eating its own tail. We see circles spinning backward and forward, helter-skelter, producing new nonsense, summoning unfinished business.
In our installation we published letter-sized sheets, printed in a historical range of technologies, with fragments of statements excavated from prophetic and revolutionary political and design texts of the XX century. These fragments were syntactically organized into three types of sheets — noun-triangle, verb-slash, and auxiliary-circle — and set in stacks at the base of the installation. Three empty sentence structures were articulated by a grid of shapes. Exhibition guests were asked to fill in the syntactic slots with matching sentence fragments, producing new sentence combinations over the course of the show.
Sheets on top of sheets were affixed in growing stacks. New statements, urgent and backward looking, at the borders of sense, conjured old militancies. appearing and were then organically archived in the installation. These statements were retroactively transcribed in a risograph printed book.