welcome to a new dimension in cultural perception: “zeigen” means “show” and karin sander is out to “show” art. but not in the conventional way: she’s aiming to access the visual sphere via the sense of hearing, creating unique images in the observer’s mind. sander asked over 500 artists from berlin to describe an art work or provide sounds and audio documents for the exhibition. with the “zeigen” audio tour, she transforms hearing into an artistic experience.
the catalogue, with its graphic design and sound transcriptions, is itself a direct interpretation of the transient medium of sound. unlike conventional exhibition documentation, which believes in weight and durability, this publication is highly fragile and ephemeral: its 600+ pages contain nothing but the artists’ names, printed on extremely thin paper. the pages are transparent, like the sounds that can be heard in the exhibition. the fragile form captures the character of sound. the body of the book has no protective binding: even flicking through it once leaves traces behind. the rustling of the paper supports the radical concept, which documents only the artists, not the exhibits – e.g. by including an audio format. this is a reinterpretation of the concept of the exhibition catalogue as medium in its own right.
karin sander and temporäre kunsthalle berlin
jan filek (project manager)
büro uebele with karin sander
design award of the federal republic of germany 2012, nominated
istd international typographic awards 2011, certificate of excellence
deutscher designer club (ddc), good design 11, award
joseph binder award 2010, silver