Silence is the Sound of Fear

In March 2014, Vladimir Putin signed an agreement that declared Crimea to be a part of the Russian Federation. The annexation of the peninsula was preceded by a controversial referendum, and neither the referendum nor the annexation have so far been recognized by the international community. The events are still shaping Ukrainian politics and the country’s relations to Russia. Over the last six years, the Donbass region has been torn apart by a war stoked by Russia, which so far has left more than 10,000 people dead.

Crimea’s economy has also taken a severe hit since the annexation. Tourism, its main source of revenue, has all but disappeared, and the fact that the peninsula is cut off from the Ukrainian mainland frequently causes supply shortages. The sanctions imposed against Russia and the crackdown on freedom of expression and the free press have dramatically changed people’s way of life. In particular, the Crimean Tartars, a Muslim minority who had called for a boycott of the referendum in 2014, suffer intimidation and reprisals at the hands of the Russian authorities.

The photographer Moritz Küstner spent five years, from 2015-2019, documenting the changes affecting Crimea and the lives of the Crimean Tartars. In “Silence is the Sound of Fear” Küstner has created a dense narrative interweaving texts and photos that tell stories about individual lives, displacement, hope, resistance, and new beginnings.

A photographic essay about the life of the Crimean Tartars.
Images showing war, displacement, resistance, and new beginnings.
With a report by Diana Laarz

Spring! Der Traum vom erfolgreichen eigenen Atelier – und der sichere Weg dorthin

Guide to independence!
In their studies and the first years of their careers, creative people learn a lot about crafts and techniques, they develop their style, discover their talent. What hardly comes up is the economic aspect of the creative life. They live for their ideas, but how they make a living from them remains a book with seven seals.
As an employed designer you get a more or less transparent salary, more or less insight into the figures. Rather less. And because numbers remind you of math, you also shy away from them. So you stay, change agencies, are more or less satisfied–but you’re afraid of the big leap into self-employment. It’s too dangerous. Too risky.
This book changes that!

Martina Flor has dared to do it. She enjoys the freedom to decide for herself which jobs she wants to take and which she doesn’t. When she works and what. She is her own boss and she likes to be that. She teaches and networks, travels and gives lectures. And she can make a living out of it. Even more: Every day she proves that children and career are not mutually exclusive if you plan and live your independence solidly. She knows about the stumbling blocks and pitfalls in the everyday life of freelancers. And she tells you how to avoid them or how to master them. She knows the advantages of a self-determined life. And she knows how to secure your independence in the long run.

Martina Flor has the gift of sharing her experience and knowledge in such a way that her energy and zest for life are contagious. Just like you, she loves what she does. Only she does it in her own rhythm. Sets her own priorities. And she describes all this with such infectious enthusiasm that you will want to follow her lead. At the same time, she gives you the tools that will make you a successful entrepreneur. Because you are nothing else than a freelancer. And that sounds very appealing, doesn’t it?
You can dream of your own studio for the rest of your life–or you can take advantage of the times when everything changes anyway–and jump!

You are already self-employed, but things are not going well at the moment? Even then you can benefit from Martina Flor’s experience. She speaks openly about pricing and proposal preparation, about limiting and extending usage rights, about financial management and time planning and all those things that sound dry but ultimately decide whether you are satisfied with your creative routine or not. Seldom do founders speak so openly about their experiences; often money and reputation are considered company secrets. Not so with Martina Flor. She shares her knowledge generously. And at a retail price that is no obstacle, especially as it is tax deductible.

PIN-UP GUINEA PIGS CALENDAR 2020

Hi, there you cheeky little rascals. It’s us, Gin Tonic, Belissa and the other eleven showstoppers from the Pin-Up Guinea show. We knew you would land here, dusting off that old 2020 vibe. Ready for some well-deserved glitz and glamour for this new year. And let us tell you: we’re all here for that, honey.

In the PIN-UP GUINEA PIGS CALENDAR 2020 you will experience month by month an increase in health, money and love, just by looking at us. Great things will happen. Many great things! We wish you a splendid new year and don’t forget to turn the page every month. It’s such a power move, XoXo.
(Only vegan, animal friendly, and cruelty-free products were used. Animals were not harmed and treated with love and respect.)

Forward Magazine “The Odd One Out”

Issue No. 2 of the Forward Magazine “The Odd One Out” of the Forward Festival 2019

The motto of the fifth anniversary of Forward Festival was dedicated to all creatives who can
not be forced into social norms. “At the Forward Festival, we want to encourage them to celebrate
their otherness,” explains Othmar Handl the background to the campaign.

Including interviews with Mirko Borsche, Eike König, Max Siedentopf, Anthony Burrill and much more!

zweitausend&einundzwanzig – A2 Wall Calendar 2021

For everyone who doesn’t have that much wall space: here is the smaller version of our classic wall calendar in half size!
One year, one page: lots of space for dates and appointments, trips and travels, birthdays, and whatever else is on the plan.
This calendar is a 3-color offset: neon coral for the weekends. Black is the base color for the weekdays, and pure gold for the fine details. It is printed on light grey Kaskad 160g paper, a beautiful and unique choice.
Talking about the details: this calendar features calendar weeks, nationwide public holidays as well as the federal state public holidays and school holidays, and other details such as when to set the clock one hour ahead or late for summer and wintertime, and phases of the moon.

The calendar “Neon Coral Black Gold” comes packed in a neat black sturdy roll.

 

Now, please follow me – Eine kritische Designforschung

Critical design is a form of design research in which the designer has a fundamentally critical attitude towards society as well as with regards to his or her own discipline. The resulting design objects are supposed to stimulate reflection and create a critical awareness, but also corresponding changes in current social practices are intended. Critical design is able to solve social problems instead of just aestheticizing or reflecting on them. That this critical attitude is necessary is shown by the designer Susan Karrais on the basis of information graphics in their function of general knowledge transfer. Information is omnipresent, so information graphics are an indispensable instrument to process the flood of data in the contemporary “knowledge society.” The previously often unpopular task among designers has become a real trend in recent years. However, this only rarely led to a real qualitative improvement. Besides the still mostly missing theoretical reference framework, the conventional approach to simplification is the main criticism.

“Now, please follow me – Eine kritische Designforschung” (Eng. Now, please follow me – A critical design research) equally pursues the questions of orientation in the complexity of the world and its representability. In terms of critical design, the goal is not to find solutions but the identification of problems.

B-SIDES

B-SIDES
A compendium of outtakes, leftovers, discarded variations of motifs, actually visual B-Sides left behind on Philotheus Nisch’ path to commissioned pictures for various newspapers and magazines.

Philotheus Nisch is a photographer. His work contains commercial and artistic projects. He currently lives and works in Leipzig.

Please note: This is a pre-order and will be shipped November 15th. Reduced price is valid until then.

Lost Spring

LOST SPRING
2020 was a strange year. Starting off as self-therapy to cope with nameless solitude this body of work evolved into a documentation of 10 odd weeks. 10 weeks that didn’t line up with any other weeks before.

Alexander Kilian lives and works as a still life and fashion photographer in Berlin. His photographic work is characterized by the precise combination between structures and colors captured together with the playful use of light and shadows. His photographs are always highly composed and arranged but still contain the feeling of a snapshot, almost like he’s stumbled across an immaculate plant or table already set up.

Italo Summer Dreams Postcard Box

ITALO SUMMER DREAMS

The “Italo Summer Dreams Postcard Box” is a series about loving and longing. Dreams of Capri, Sirmione, dreams of Bellini e bacione. A series for the ones you love. Per sempre.

KOEKKOEK is a director and photographer based in Berlin and Vienna.
KOEKKOEK was bird of the year 2008.
KOEKKOEK is dutch for cuckoo.

Flughafen Tegel

FLUGHAFEN TEGEL – “Otto Lilienthal”
During the spring of 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, Berlin Tegel “Otto Lilienthal” Airport looked like a stranded spacecraft. Once a symbol of the fluid mobility of the West and an homage to both the automobile and the airplane, the usually crowded airport was suddenly completely empty, offering unobstructed views of its singular architecture and myriad of improvised structures…

Born in Hamburg, Felix Brüggemann is a Berlin-based photographer.
Based in Berlin, Robert Rieger is a freelance photographer focusing his lens primarily on portrait and interior photography.

Secret Societies

Through the rise and fall of the first US Mafia bosses, this book examines the early development of the Sicilian-American criminal network, illustrated with over 175 period photographs, contemporary articles and documents. Much is popularized of the Mafia in film, literature, music, and urban legend. Some stories are inspired by and respectful of the facts, but many are presented through a creative lens distorting how organized crime began. References are often made to criminal activity in the infamous Prohibition Era, but few stories cover the preceding years, until now.

Secret Societies presents a graphic history of true crime. It examines the origins story of the American Mafia through the rise and fall of the first boss of bosses Giuseppe Morello and his powerful brother-in-law Ignazio Lupo. This is a time before the Castellammarese War—a period of bloody power struggles for control of the Italian-American Mafia that took place in New York City between 1930 and 1931. The important period preceding the war is considered murky and lacking historic documentation. This meticulously illustrated volume of Secret Societies shines a light on this fascinating time of American history and organized crime. It does so through research from primary sources, richly illuminating the period of the 1890s–1920s using photos, documents, contemporary articles and illustrations. Starting with a look at the “Black Hand” phenomenon and its relationship to organized crime.

The book also examines the story of the “Barrel Murder” in which Giuseppe Morello, the first boss-of-bosses of the US Mafia, was arrested following a brutal murder in the heart of New York’s “Little Italy.” Soon followed by the tragic story of NYPD officer Joseph Petrosino who became a pioneer in the fight against black handers and Mafiosi alike. In 1909, while on a secret mission, Petrosino became the only NYPD officer to be killed while on foreign soil after he was assassinated in Palermo. In this important stage of history, the hierarchies of crime families were established and reinforced.

This is the American Mafia origins story.

The author and graphic artist Jon Black founded gangrule.com in 2002 to study and present the emergence of organized crime in New York through 1900–1920, leading up to the well documented Prohibition Era. Tom Hunt edits and publishes the journal, “Informer: The History of American Crime and Law Enforcement,” the Writers of Wrongs blog of crime historians (writersofwrongs.com) and the American Mafia history website (mafiahistory.us).

Marginalia

“Marginalia” draws our attention to the overlooked elements that coexist in carefully designed books. Removing the text and images from a selection of art books designed by Anja Lutz in close collaboration with the individual artists reveals the nondescript details: the margins, the edges, the backgrounds, the spaces between the lines …

Each book is unique in its choice of format, material, layout, composition, and rhythm. The selected pages underwent a process of transformation in which Lutz dissected them with surgical precision, layer by layer, removing their vital parts and revealing their skeletons–the actual support of the content. The results are filigree grids, fragments of images, and traces of the layout that form intricately layered compositions of voids, exposing the hidden relationships between the pages.
“Marginalia” is an investigation into the anatomy of books–the physical object, its materiality, and inner structure. It is an attempt at mediating the emptiness. The quiet and yet eloquent remaining spaces seem to have their own language–that of an abstract visual poetry of books.

“Marginalia” is a personal interpretation of the books designed by Anja Lutz with and for the following artists: Kader Attia, Sonia Boyce, Angela Bulloch, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Christine Hill, Hannah Höch, Hella Jongerius, Loriot, J. Mayer H., Laercio Redondo, Julian Rosefeldt, Lawrence Weiner amongst many more.
For more information about “Marginalia” please visit the Marginalia facebook page.

bungalow calendar 2021

It’s the third year in a row that we, bungalow kreativbüro, challenged ourselves to design a calendar
with that we not only want to publish an aesthetic, functional product, but also set an example.

2020 has shown us how important solidarity and cohesion are. We are all part of a bigger picture. Within that, we act as important building blocks of a complex, sometimes fragile construct. Only if we all stick together we’ll be able to overcome crises and make the world a more sustainable place. With our “bungalow calendar 2021” we call for cohesion and set a sign of solidarity.

This basic approach was the starting point for the concept of the calendar. Individual, abstract forms in the background serve as visual support. Inspired by the invisible web of cohesion, a second, interactive layer is laid over the artwork. If you follow the principle of “paint-by-numbers” with a pencil every month, a message will appear by the end of the year.

DON’T SAY IT. SPRAY IT.

DON’T SAY IT. SPRAY IT. – The fight of critical artists for communication.

A photographic journey of designer Judika Zerrer through the streets of Kairo during the Arabic Spring.
If art is the daughter of liberty, then what does streetart mean in a country like egypt, where a dissident thought can be life-threatening? Since the Arabic Spring the walls in the cities of egypt noticeably become wall newspapers of the revolution. On site collected photographies, facts and impressions tell the historical origin of the revolutional graffiti. During interviews acitivists and artists get a chance to speak, who (with the intention to enlighten the people) temporarily circumvent the media-censorship; following the principle: Don’t say it. Spray it.

zweitausend&einundzwanzig – Slim Calendar 2021

Perfect next to the door frame, as a kitchen calendar, and wherever you have little room but need plenty of space for calendar entries: the rikiki Slim Calendar 2021.
The 12-page wall calendar is a practical companion throughout the year – with calendar weeks, national holidays, and holidays in individual federal states. There are also the moon phases and the clock change dates, plus one or the other meteorological subtleties.
The calendar is high-quality offset printed with spot colors: neon coral for the weekends, black as the primary color for the days of the week, and gold as the accent color for the fine entries. It was printed on light gray cascade in 160g, a fine, colored paper.

Leafy House Plants

The cultivation of house plants does not always prove to be easy. With many plants there are special peculiarities that should be considered.

In 1899, the German botanist Udo Dammer wrote down his knowledge of the ins and outs of different houseplants and published the book ‘Zimmerblattpflanzen’ with 46 detailed plant illustrations.

120 years later, Benjamin Wurster accidentally came across a copy of this encyclopedia and now presents a new modern version of this book, including every plant illustration as well as the original German texts translated into English for the first time.

A must for every plant lover!

Lino Print (A3) | Livistona chinensis

Published in November 2020 by Slanted Publishers, ‘Leafy House Plants’ by Benjamin Wurster is the reissue of the 120-year-old botanical encyclopedia ‘Zimmerblattpflanzen’. As part of the whole project, several lino prints were realized in limited editions.
Plant shown: Livistona chinensis
Each print is handmade and unique—color density and details vary.

Limited to 15 prints, each signed and numbered

Lino Print (A3) | Monstera deliciosa

Published in November 2020 by Slanted Publishers, ‘Leafy House Plants’ by Benjamin Wurster is the reissue of the 120-year-old botanical encyclopedia ‘Zimmerblattpflanzen’. As part of the whole project, several lino prints were realized in limited editions.
Plant shown: Monstera deliciosa
Each print is handmade and unique—color density and details vary.

Limited to 46 prints, each signed and numbered

Lino Print (A3) | Cordyline australis

Published in November 2020 by Slanted Publishers, ‘Leafy House Plants’ by Benjamin Wurster is the reissue of the 120-year-old botanical encyclopedia ‘Zimmerblattpflanzen’. As part of the whole project, several lino prints were realized in limited editions.
Plant shown: Cordyline australis
Each print is handmade and unique—color density and details vary.

Limited to 46 prints, each signed and numbered

Lino Print (A3) | Dracaena rothiana

Published in November 2020 by Slanted Publishers, ‘Leafy House Plants’ by Benjamin Wurster is the reissue of the 120-year-old botanical encyclopedia ‘Zimmerblattpflanzen’. As part of the whole project, several lino prints were realized in limited editions.
Plant shown: Dracaena rothiana
Each print is handmade and unique—color density and details vary.

Limited to 46 prints, each signed and numbered

NATURE MORTE – Peut pas hypnotiser des aveugles (Book + DVD)

You can’t hypnotize the blind – Peut pas hypnotiser des aveugles.

Sophia Magdalena Koegl’s project deals with the phenomenon of hysteria and its connection to photography. The search for situatedness begins inside the female body, passes through the history of the anatomic theater and observations made by Jean-Martin Charcot in notes made during his research at the Hôpital de la Salpêtrière in Paris. From saints and prostitutes to mediums and medics, the work leads to photography and the camera as a hypnosis-pendulum–in the movie NATURE MORTE (Sophie Magdalena Koegel and Robert Dziabel, 2013)

About the movie: A young woman stands on a rock naked. Behind her a waterfall rages and a dead goat, washed ashore by the waves, lies at her feet. The eyes of the goat are light blue, the gaze is tarnished through the water. She shivers. Blood runs down her thigh. Her pose is reminiscent of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. NATURE MORTE begins with the reincarnation of womanhood and the following story will show us how it came about. It’s just a matter of time until Augustine starts to feel her true nature.

Final Project Merz Akademie, University of Design, Art and Media, Stuttgart.

zweitausend&einundzwanzig – Wall Calendar 2021 – White Black Gold

One year, one page: lots of space for dates and appointments, trips and travels, birthdays, and whatever else is on the plan.
The “zweitausend&einundzwanzig – Wall Calendar 2021” is a 3-color screenprint: black is the base color for the weekdays, accompanied by an opaque white, and pure gold for the fine details. It is printed on light grey Kaskad 160 g paper, a beautiful and unique choice.

Talking about the details: this calendar features calendar weeks, nationwide public holidays as well as the federal state public holidays and school holidays, and other details such as when to set the clock one hour ahead or late for summer and wintertime, and phases of the moon.

The calendar comes packed in a neat black sturdy roll.

zweitausend&einundzwanzig – Family Planner 2021 – Neon Coral Black Gold

Getting everything (and everyone!) under one roof is not always easy. Everything needs to be coordinated with vacations, appointments, birthdays, sports parties, business trips, dentists, school trips, and shared leisure time.
The “zweitausend&einundzwanzig–Family Planner 2021” has five columns for up to five family members or your own categories. All vital information, such as calendar weeks, are noted in the calendar. We have national holidays as well as the holidays of individual federal states. Besides, you will never again miss setting the time forwards or backward, the phases of the moon, or the beginning of summer or winter.

The calendar is printed as a high-quality 3-color screenprint: neon coral for the weekends, black as the base color for the days of the week, and gold as the accent color for the fine entries. The entire calendar block has a color cut in neon coral all around. Printed on sparrow gray cascade in 270g.