The work displayed here was made during a 14–week study abroad trip headed by Professor Simon Johnston, with T.A. Josh Finklea, alongside 14 other students. The title of the program was Berlin:Unplugged. It’s only parameters were that we keep from using our phones, computers, etc. as a means of experiencing the city in uninhibited ways while also exploring new methods of making work. The final resulted in two exhibitions, one in Berlin at the close of our trip, and the other in Los Angeles upon our return.
Mentors:Simon JohnstonMichael SansErik SpiekermannSpecial Thanks:Josh FinkleaYear: 2014
Berghain Event Poster
The Berghain Poster was created as response to a question: why would a venue which does not want to publicize itself to large audiences, and can rely entirely on word of mouth (as one of the most notorious techno clubs in the world) need advertising for its events?
Berghain Letterpress Poster
The Berghain Letterpress poster was done as an extension of the idea proposed with the first poster, though In this case, I responded to the question through analog methods and restraints. After writing out the copy for the poster and choosing a typeface out of the collection of Erik Spiekermann’s Letterpress studio, I restricted myself to only use the available letters, and to fill any area where a letter had run out with a negative space.
B Floor Mural
The ‘B’ floor mural was made in response to a project proposed by Simon Johnston, which was to create a poster / mural / image using only the letter B as its content in order to promote Berlin as a creative capitol.
Kiezgeist / Wilmersdorf Shopping Catalogue
This project was done in collaboration with Ben Schwartz. It was prompted to us by Michael Sans who gave each group of students a specific area of Berlin to study, with the intention of making it into some sort of compiled book. Our book focused on Wilmersdorf, which housed a prolific amount of stores both expensive and affordable. We took notice that the area, if stripped of it’s Germanic setting, could be anywhere in the world. It had us question the culture that capitalism reproduces as a mirror of itself. Highlighting the vapid nature of this, we created a shopping catalogue which became hyper-referential to the location, posting images of the buildings with their exterior signage on everything from t-shirts, to plates, to zippo lighters. The booklet, once packaged with the rest of the zines, was titled Kiezgeist, translating to: The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.
A group project prompted by Simon Johnston, where we traveled to locations in Berlin of cultural significance and took crayon rubbings of their surfaces. Included is everything from Berghains door, to both sides of the Berlin Wall, to a rubbing of Soundclouds logo taken inside their offices. The rubbings were all re-printed at a 1 to 1 scale. Front cover designed by Simon Johnston.Printed edition of 500.