In one black-black city, there is a black-black house… The places we are raised in do not define us, but they set the scenes for our identities to unfold. Referencing the Russian children's horror folklore, Black-Black House is an investigation into the concept of place. How does space become a place? How does a nine-story building on the outskirts of St. Petersburg turn into a ‘haunted’ house? Using analytical drawing and associative collaging as a method, this project draws upon media theory, geography, mnemonic systems, and recollections. ‘The Black-Black House’ is focused on a specific childhood memory of ‘discovering’ a stranger hiding inside a panel block of flats. The story looks at the event from various angles: architectural decisions that led to creation of the situation, connection between memory and architecture.
Digital print on 70g paper,
lighbox: LED panel and wood.
Special thanks to Linda van Deursen and Federico Campagna.
Installation photography by Marcin Liminowicz and Roel Backaert.
'The Undesirables' is a story about the resistance between the Station and the unwanted spirits which has been going on for almost 200 years. It is based on the historical research of the Utrecht Central Station from the moment of its creation in 1843, when it was built on the place of a small cemetery for criminals.
'The Undesirables' is a metaphor, used to show how privatisation and securitisation of public spaces change their political meaning and turn them into ‘non-places’, where the entrance is not by right, but by permission. They have a departicularized character, that looks very much alike and pretends to be public. On one hand current solution (‘supervision and enforcement’) is aiming to make the urban environment safe, but on the other, it’s turning it into a space of increasing discrimination, where every individual is treated as a customer and at the same time–potential criminal. Video installation consists of main projection, supported by a voiceover and two small screens. The main video displays a partially fictional narrative, following the timeline of real events. The scaffolding skeleton, which holds the 3-dimentional collage, combining images of architecture of the station from different periods of time, capture a building in constant flux, creating a landscape of failed attempts to resist the undesirables. The two additional small screens show archival images and real facts, on which the story
is based on.
Video installation, 10 min
Graphic Design Department Award
Supervised by Thomas Buxó and Agata Jaworska.
Special thanks to Roosje Klap and Niels Schrader.
Credits: Jan Egbers, Arjan den Boer, Ernie Mellegers, Jan-Willem Oudhof, Maša Galič, Kevin Bray, Agnes Algera, Leith Benkhedda, Ruben Pater, Jakob Schlötter.
Identity design for 'Binominale'
'Binominale' is a curatorial project by Swiss multidisciplinary design studio Fragmentin. Concerned with the wastefulness and environmental impact of exhibitions due to travelling, Fragmentin wanted to create an online platform for collaborations for artists. The first edition of the Binominale had to become a template, based on which the project could be run by different group or collective in the future. The design of the website made in collaboration with Fragmentin and Pablo Perez is derived from the structure of the process of collaboration between artists. Each step in communication is linking to the next mutual giving of instructions, leading to the final step—IRL exhibition in two locations where participants are from and an online streaming.
More information on: binominale.art
Identity and website design in collaboration with Pablo Perez and Fragmentin.
Website development by INT studio.
Identity for 'Who Speaks?' Symposium on AI, Language and Democracy
“‘Who Speaks?’ tackles major issues including politics as a rhetorical gesture, law as an
act of speech and aesthetics as a language of imagination. It aims to bring together academic researchers, non-profit activists, and public services such as Bits of Freedom and the Analysis and Research Department (DAO) of the Dutch Parliament, for joint knowledge exchange and discussion on AI driven democracy, language and decision-making. DAO provides substantive support to parliamentary investigations and gives advice to the Dutch Members of Parliament on information relevant to the parliamentary process”.
In collaboration with the co-head of the department Niels Schrader and Pablo Perez, we developed an animated typographic identity for the symposium. The design choices were derived from the language and algorithm-based focus of the event.
For MA Non Linear Narrative, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.
Designed in collaboration with Pablo Perez and Niels Schrader.
Web design and development by Rectangle. who-speaks.eu
Annual report for 'Het Valkhof-Kam Museum'
museum of art and archeology in Nijmegen, NL.
Representatives of the museum of archaeology and art Het Valkhof-Kam approached me with an idea to change their approach in designing their annual report. Since the report is focused on the work done the previous year, this project puts the names of the people ‘behind the scenes’ on the front. The report shows information about the past exhibitions, but also reveals photographs from the process of their creation, paying tribute to the museum employees and their efforts.
In 1967 Yvonne Paul, a Dutch citizen of Armenian descent, was deported from the USA under mysterious circumstances after nine years of living there. From the information available to us now, it seems that the reason behind the deporation was the lack of the valid residence permit. Upon arrival to Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, she refused to leave, presumably hoping to get a permission to get back to the US. Yvonne spent 87 days, almost 3 months in total at the airport, sleeping on the coach in the waiting area. '87 days' is an ongoing research project, looking into the evolution of public space. This publication is a first step into the investigation.
By looking at the selection of archieval imagery of this event and categorizing it according to various perspectives (media, authority, observers), this book is a visual non-linear subjective investigation into the Yvonne's world throughout these 87 days at Schiphol.
Map for Expo: Six Degrees of Separation
''Six Degrees of Separation' is a collaborative exhibition project between the Non Linear Narrative master programme of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, the Archaeology Department of the Municipality of The Hague and the ‘Rotterdamsebaan’ major road project. The project offered students direct access to archaeological remains found on the Rotterdamsebaan tunnel excavation site, in order to re-contextualize these human artefacts and link them to contemporary issues affecting the City of The Hague today. The project resulted in a public exhibition at De Besturing in The Hague that explores new narratives of land speculation, property development, migration and endangered craftsmanship.'
The double-sided map for the exhibition is a map of The Hague, indicating the Rotrerdamsebaan with descriptions of the projects on one side, and a verticle 'soil map' with the matching archeological findings on the other. The layout of the map was designed in a way that could be used as a handout/poster during the exhibition,band afterwards become part of the publication/catalogue.
Designed in collaboration with Natalia Sliwinska and Lance Laoyan.
Supervised by Lauren Alexander and Niels Schrader.
Exhibition photography by Boel Backaert and Frank Jansen.
Synthesis: About Forms, Lines & Feelings
'Synthesis' is a project by a Moscow-based photographer Lora Bergen. Together with two other image-makers we contributed to her project about movement and time. This serie of collages is my input. The same way as deconstruction is a way of understanding the relationship between text and meaning—collage is
aiming to do the same but through visual means. The intricate, but at the same time intriguing part about this serie,
is its starting point—the black and white photographs capturing an unstable moment during the dance performance,
influencing the uncertain direction from its very beginning. The dance itself is influenced by another ever
changing media–music, at least our perception of it is never fixed. It is creating a chain reaction of unstable events
influencing each other. My contribution—the final step. I broke the ‘chain’ into separate elements and chose those,
which felt necessary for the particular collage: contraforma, draping fabric, skin texture, tension in the muscle. I put
them back together in a different manner. It is my take on reflecting on the whole process. Perhaps looking at these
elements in a rearrangement and a new context will give a new insight.
Graphic Design Graduation Show 2018
Cleansed, peeled, liberated. The Graphic Design Class of 2018 is
leaving and is saying their goodbyes, but not before commenting on the
state of affairs one last time. Surrounded by pre-packaged, fast-food-visual-language,
authenticity is hard to come by. It becomes slippery like a piece of scented soap.
Trends, styles, templates, groups, collectives. Rigidity. So not yoga.
Who knew creativity could be valorized? Where’s the inner peace at, that
sense of belonging? On the path to subjectivity one-size-fits-none.
What you need is some you-time. We have to re-make and unmake ourselves.
Time to actualise! This is supposed to be a cleansing of sorts.
A ritual. Or is it an exorcism?
Concept and design in collaboration with Asya Sukhorukova, Lukas Engelhart, Carmen Dusmet Carasco, Nora Bekes and Lin Ven.
Photography by EKOC Productions.
Dog & Pony Show Posters
Posters for the annual Dog & Pony Show, presentation of first graduation project ideas by Graphic Design BA students at KABK.
Silkscreen print on matt and glossy paper.
Concept and design in collaboration with Asya Sukhorukova.
'Inside/Out' is a series of works for the exhibition 'Sexy Times' which
includes a booklet, poem and an installation. The booklet is an associative collage, forming a narrative about the inner egoistic self and the outer other, about the relationship between the two. The interactive installation is a continuation of the same narrative, brought into the
physical three dimensional-space. In order to activate the installation two individuals have to make a physical contact.
Concept, design, poetry, video editing in collaboration with Raphaël Maman.
Filming by Jonathan Hielkema.
Sound by Jaap Smit.
Credits: LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER, Rebecca Rui.
Supervised by Kees van Drongelen, Roosje Klap, Job Wouters.
Within the modern concept of citizenship it is hard to
bind any principle, belief or value to a nationwide characteristic.
However, constitution is still a perfect example of such a relation.
'The global city has been deemed the birthplace of a post-national or
cosmopolitan conception of citizenship, formed around human rights and
regimes and exercised across state-borders'.* If so, then we have to reconsider
what the identity is based on, and mind how and by what means we are being
represented. In the context of moving towards the new global citizenship, where
all sorts of nation based distinctions are slowly being merged,
or even erased, we have to bring up to the surface what lays in the ground of our
diversity, BUT not in order to differentiate.
'EU Coherence presents alternative identities, derived from constitutions,
for the countries of the European Uniion. These identities take form of flags. The result
of our investigation turns into a publication, containing all the visualized comparisons
1. Structure (How complex is the organisation of information?).
2. First Article (What is the 'face' of the constitution?).
3. Timeline (When was it released?
4. When did the amendments take place?
5. What was the historical context?
6. Language (What are the most frequent words used?).
7. Number of Articles/Pages (How elaborate is the content?).
8. Priorities (To which issues is the priority given?).
*'Global cities, (un)rooted lives: Towards a trans-scalar conception of citizenship'
by Monica Brito Vieira and Flippe Carreira da Silva.
Publication: laser print, 247p; flags: print on fabric.
Design and concept in collaboration with Theresa Scherrer.
Supervised by Niels Schrader and Lauren Alexander.
Browsing Through the Book
Best Dutch Book Designs 2016 Student Jury Selection Catalogue
The design of this catalogue is a reflection on the selection made
by the student jury of art academies of The Netherlands. The selection of 2016 books revealed a lot on how our perception and approach in design of printed matter is being influenced by the electronic media.
The concept of 'Browsing Through the Book', as well as its title, is based on the interplay between these very different mediums. The structure of the catalogue is referring to the offset print sheet layout. The Japanese binding technique is used to display the 'metadata' hidden behind the creation of each book. Photographs used to show the books were found online. Repeating key words in the text are 'hyperlinked' through the book.
Offset print, edition of 250
Exhibited at Best Dutch Book Designs 2016/ Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2017
Design and concept in collaboration with Daan Jesper Kars and Daniel Hernández.
Supervised by Chantal Hendriksen and Gijsbert Dijker.
Offset printed at Drukkerij Tielen.
Internet, as a disembodied form of communication often assumed to be impersonal and untrustworthy.
“Globalising intimacy” is an installation, visualising how the absence of physical proximity
can create intimacy. It consists of 2 parts, showing the same personal chat messages on 2 screens
simultaneously. The text becomes readable only when both spectators are looking at it while
standing still. By movement, new messages are being generated.
During my internship at Kummer & Herrman we faced a challange of organizing an exhibition for young artists of a third year
Photography Department from The Royal Academy of Art, the Hague at the 'Unseen'. Each of 12 students had their own photographic often based on personal experience
stories to tell. Our main goal was to build a ‘stage’ prominent enough to stand out and attract the audience, but at the same time neutral to some
extent, not interfering with students’ personal vision. We wanted to provide a separate space for each of them to be able to express themselves.
Limitations like the open space (a lot of participants had TV screens and other equipment) set some extra challange for the exhibition design.
Our work resulted in the use of the names of the project as a base for the identity. 'Let Me Tell You About...' would always end with one of the names
of the projects. As part of the promotion for the event a video teaser based on the same principle was made along with a serie of posters, handout,
facebook and other social media banners. Instagram became a platform for the audiotour (@let.me.tell.you.about) and documentation of the exhibition.
Exhibition participants: Nael Quraishi, Elodie Vreeburg, Viktor Naumovski, Katarina Juričić, Sophie Schwartz, Caspar von Eugen, Filippo Maria Ciriani, Daniela Roșca, Tibor Dieters, Avgud, Stella Loning, Linnea Frandsen.
Concept, exhibition design and identity by studio Kummer & Herrman.
I Skim It
This publication is an experiment on visualising an article by Nicholas Carr
'Is Google Making Us Stupid?'. The article is investigating reasons behind the struggle of reading long-form texts, and analysing how electronic methods of communication are connected to that problem.
While reading the article, I noticed a controversy. According to the author, when the content online is being 'injected' with hyperlinks, it contributes to the disruption of our attention and concentration. At the same time, the article itself was heavily loaded with links to different sources and in this way became a paradox in itself. In a way, it is a perfect example of a problem that it was talking about. The publication 'I Skim It' is a typographical experiment in visualizing the struggle of reading online. The enlarged text refers to the short attention span, and a stack of bookmarks (scrapped information from each of the hyperlinks) points to the interruptions and endless, dynamic flow of information.
'Anthropometry: The Ornament of Gesture' is a graduation project of multidisciplinary designer Petra Popangelova. For her work at the department of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at KABK, she researched the history of the craft of spatial ornaments and its exceeding
relation to human gestures in modern times. 'Gesture Legend' is a complementary booklet with infographics, explaining all the gestures used for creation of the installation. The leporello format was used in the performative way during the final presentation.
more info coming soon
Riso prints and digital drawings.
Studio2992 is a multidisciplinary design studio run by Taya Reshetnik. Taya is a graphic designer, researcher and visual storyteller, based in Delft, The Netherlands. The work of the studio is focused on research-based visual storytelling about human experience in urban environment. The research methods, used in her practice are are borrowed from the fields of journalism and microhistory. The visual outcome of studio 2992's projects often materialize in a form of a digital assemblage of found and self-produced imagery, and audio & video based installations. Among commissioned and collaborative works are examples of graphics and navigation for exhibitions, visual identities for brands and events, graphics and animations for social media campaigns, designs for web and print.