The birth of the printing industry already carries in itself that beautiful paradox that also can be found in the current practiceof “bootlegging”—that electrifying tension between emancipation and exploitation.
After all, what is graphic design but the practice of pushing materialized information from one sphere to another, forever crossing the porous borders between art and industry, between poetry and pornography, between pop and politics?
Graphic design is a practice that was born in the vague borderlands between disparate disciplines, so trespassing feels natural to us. Graphic designers are bootleggers, forgers, smugglers—and because of that, graphic design will always be regarded as a slightly clandestine discipline, as a lumpen-activity, as a practice without any real morals (other than the proverbial “honor among thieves”).
— Experimental Jetset
A lot has been said already, and if we all keep trying to repeat and improve ourselves in a new way, some of the nicest things might get lost in the resulting pile.
— from Tourette’s ( A magazine by Will Holder & Stuart Bailey)
Upcycle this Book (Gavin Wade, designed by James Langdon)
Upcycle this book. Rewrite it as a manifesto. Steal and take and copy and change this book. Upcycle these twenty-six texts just as I have upcycled so many other texts and responded to many sets of existing conditions. Or unlike I have.
Read this if you are an artist, an artist-curator, a curator, a revolutionary, a designer, an architect, an art-lover, an art-hater, a Frank Ocean fan, a typographer, a teacher, a constructivist or a comprehensivist.
Steal this book. Copy this book. Take this book. Change this book.
- Gavin Wade
Participants: Luka Verelst, Brian Van Lijf, Aline van Hooijdonk, Eva Dumoulin, Eva Bavre, Beau Deneef, Charlotte Fraeye, Arno Huygens, Teodora Oita, Zoe Pecqueux, Jordy Philips, Niko De Clerck, Noemi Plateau, Ayla Vermeulen, Hanna Tsvirbut, Margot De Grave Loyson, Oonah Duchateau, Judith Eckhardt, Arne Nuyts, Naomi Sacoor, Janne Holvoet, Charlotte Decoster, Victor Geldhof, Naomi Greenstein, Stacy Suy, Stef Van Oevelen, Amelie Verleene, Lene Verschaeren, Elisa Wij, Eva De Bodt, Sylvie De Brauwer, Alyne Minnen