Deserting from the Culture Wars
Deserting from the Culture Wars reflects upon and intervenes in our current moment of ever-more polarizing ideological combat, often seen as the return of the “culture wars.” How are these culture wars defined and waged? Engaging in a theater of war that has been delineated by the enemy is a shortcut to defeat. Getting out of the reactive mode that produces little but a series of Pavlovian responses, this book proposes a tactical desertion from the culture wars as they are being waged today—a refusal to play the other side’s war games, an unwillingness to be distracted. The volunteer troops in the culture wars are often given marching orders by professional masters of propaganda. What, then, might artists and others who are professionally engaged with images and imaginaries, with narratives and assemblies, have to contribute to the collective discovery of different modes of living culture? Far from limiting the performance of culture to a one-sided speech act, an emancipatory understanding of culture needs to conceive of speech as embodied and intersubjective—as a collective performance.
Deserting from the Culture Wars is edited by Maria Hlavajova and Sven Lütticken and includes contributions by Bini Adamczak, Kader Attia, Rose Hammer, Tom Holert, Geert Lovink, Sven Lütticken, Diana McCarty, Dan McQuillan, Johannes Paul Raether, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Esmee Schoutens, Andreas Siekmann, and Jonas Staal.
Published by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and MIT Press, Cambridge, MA and London
Pride Photo Award 2019
Graphic system and website design for the 2019 edition of the Pride Photo Award. Design by sens.
Pride Photo is a platform for inspiring stories about sexual and gender diversity. Through the medium of photography, PPA strives to show imagery portraying the stories behind them, creating a safe place for dialogue and intriguing presentations for and about the LGBTQI+ Community, furthering acceptance of sexual and gender diversity in society. The 2019 edition showcased works by Anja Matthes, Blake Little, Carloman Macidiano Céspedes Riojas, Chiara Luxardo, Corinne Mariaud, Hotli Simanjuntak, Keiji Fujimoto, Koen Suidgeest, Marc Ohrem-Leclef, Micha Serraf, Mickey Aloisio, Nelson Morales, Seungwook YANG, Ugo Woatzi, and Vaughan Larsen. Exhibition design by studio Bart Guldemond.
Propositions for Non-Fascist Living: Tentative and Urgent
Propositions for Non-Fascist Living: Tentative and Urgent begins from an urgent need to outline the contours of what living in non-fascist ways could mean in uncertain times, when the resurgence of fascism violates the infrastructures and very foundations of a livable live. The reader connects to BAK’s research strand Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–ongoing), a long-term itinerary for generating knowledge about, developing proposals for, and activating tactics of “non-fascist living”: that is, practicing life—and thus modeling the world—decidedly void of fascisms. Moving from critique to propositions, the project attempts to articulate and inhabit methods of de-individualized living and to practice ways in which multiplicity and difference establish relations other than those structured by power and hierarchy.
Propositions for Non Fascist Living: Tentative and Urgent is edited by Maria Hlavajova and Wietske Maas and includes contributions by Rosi Braidotti; Denise Ferreira da Silva, Jota Mombaça, and Thiago de Paula Souza; Stefano Harney and Fred Moten; Patricia Kaersenhout and Lukáš Likavčan; Sven Lütticken; Jumana Manna; Dan McQuillan; Shela Sheikh; Eyal Weizman and Forensic Architecture; and Mick Wilson.
Published by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and MIT Press, Cambridge, MA and London
Folded, stapled and unpublished. Located somewhere between X, Y & Z and maybe then replaced again
Graduation project entitled Folded, stapled and unpublished. Located somewhere between X, Y & Z and maybe then replaced again. A fiction reality cross-over essay exploring the written word in a three dimensional space. "By the time you receive this message, its position is probably somewhere else than originally located. But that's okey, that happens when you sent it out into the open word. Maybe I am somewhere else, maybe you weren't even supposed to be here. What matters is that I sent it and you receive it. Can you see the big capital X, Y and Z I’ve positioned in this space? Right there. These anchor points will help us navigating and give some clearance on where we are. Since we are going to talk a lot about positioning and transition I thought these anchor points might come in handy." Exhibit during the I am sure you know what I am talking about 2018 graduation show of the University of the Arts Utrecht.
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst Utrecht
In-house designs and execution of the visual communication for BAK, basis voor actuele kunst Utrecht. BAK, basis voor actuele kunst is a leading international platform for theoretically-informed, politically-driven art and experimental research. Based in Utrecht, BAK addresses the social, ideological, and environmental urgencies of the present by combining public programming and exhibition-making with research, learning, and talent development. Working with communities involved in arts, activisms, and academia—and bringing artists, scholars, and other members of the precarious classes together—BAK cultivates art as a public sphere and a space for aesthetico-political experiments. BAK's graphic identity is designed and developed by LeftLoft Milan.
Letterklankbeeld postcard design by sens.
Named after the dadaistic poems of I.K. Bonset (a pseudonym of Theo van Doesburg, 1883–1931) Letterklankbeeld is a reference to the playful typography that finds its composition in sound (letter sound imagery). The lowercase p and a refer to the sound the human voice makes in the Western European tradition for mimicking rhythmic sounds of percussion together with other onomatopes like 'tik' 'boom' 'clack' etc... The p and the a are also an abbreviation of 'Public Announcement' which is used by sens as a publishing board. The layout is based on the rhythmic and arrhythmic contradictions in Van Doesburgs' his work that played a big part in the art movement De Stijl that found its origin in 1917 in The Netherlands.
Publication design for photographer Jonna Bruinsma. Design by sens. Dragone is about the life of a family in the historical part of Bari, southern Italy. Through an encounter with an eleven-year-old boy named Miky Dragone, Bruinsma was introduced to his family. She followed the Dragone family for a period of time, became close to them, and through photography she was able to capture fragments of their life in Bari.
"Due to the strong Italian accent of the family, we initially struggled with a language barrier. However, this ended up enabling a new form of communication between us. I gave the three young boys of the family my camera and asked them to take their own photographs. Where our communication was stopped by means of language, the images took over. In Strada Tancredi, the street where the family lives and works, it seemed as though time was standing still."
Artwork and publication for Amsterdam based artist/rapper/philosopher Benjamin Fro. Benjamin Fro is an Amsterdam based singer-songrapper that combines critical lyrics with soulful beats. On the 24th of February 2017 Benjamin Fro released his first solo album Praten Over Leven. The album is jam-packed with hip-hop grooves and references to other rappers and philosophers and singifies Fro’s introduction to philosophy and the influence this had on his personal life. On the 8th of February 2018 Fro released his second album Behave. The album is a critique on the Dutch ‘normaal-doen’ (act-normal) mentality and contains a ton of catchy hooks and cultural criticism.
Graduation catalogue University of the Arts Utrecht
Graduation catalogue for the University of the Arts Utrecht classes of 2018. A publication designed to fit all the diverse content of all six departments graduating from the University of the arts Utrecht (HKU). A strict but open and flexible grid allows the content to move freely over the pages and makes for a catalogue that never gets too repetitive. A self-initiated publication by graduates of the HKU. Special thanks must be extended to the people who made this publication possible: Marijke Cobbenhagen, Jasper Coppers, Quirine Dob, Hans Gremmen, Jan-Pieter 't Hart, Reneé Hillhorst, Petra Stavast, Maite Vanhellemont, all donators to the crowdfunding campaign, Stichting Voordekunst, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, and last but not least; all students that have participated in this catalogue. Printed by Rodi Rotatiedruk
Website for Amsterdam based artist/photographer Zindzi Zwietering and fold-out poster supporting one of her projects Souvenir. Design by sens
Through photography, Zindzi Zwietering investigates how we, as humans, relate to climate change while living in the context of a city.
In the second week of the Dutch ‘intelligent lockdown’ Zwietering decided to step outdoors daily, alone, with her camera. She want to experience the silence, to see the city. "In the way that photography offers me comfort, I hope this puzzle, publication and poem will offer you comfort. Once you have completed the puzzle you can frame it and put it up on the wall. This way the puzzle becomes a tangible souvenir of a remarkable and unsettling time. An easily accessible way to buy art. A way to bring the outside world inside. And maybe even a way to look at a photo for a longer period of time than ever before." This publication was made possible thanks to the Corona-desk of the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts). The packaging, poster and webshop were designed by sens. Writer, philosopher and art viewer Ko van ‘t Hek wrote a poem to go with the photos. Concept and photography by Zindzi Zwietering.