February 23, 2009 - Architectural Association School of Architecture - Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design
February 23, 2009

Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design

Prints commissioned for Forms of Inquiry by Martin Frostner & Jonas Williamsson, Jonathan Hares and
Urs Lehni & Lex Trueb, 2009

Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design
27 February – 9 April 2009

Exhibition openings:
Thursday 26 February, 6 pm, Archizoom, Lausanne
Friday 27 February, 5pm, The Corridor, BolteLang, Zurich

Exhibition curated by Zak Kyes


Faculté de l’Environnement Naturel,
Architectural et Construit
Bâtiment SG
1015 Lausanne / Ecublens

Limmatstrasse 214
8005 Zurich




Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design

The fifth constellation of Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design includes several new commissions and a four-week public programme, opening at Archizoom, in Lausanne. Simultaneously a selection of prints will be presented at The Corridor, BolteLang, Zürich.

Originating at the Architectural Association, London, in 2007, Forms of Inquiry presents a group of contemporary, international graphic designers who base their work in critical investigation. The exhibition features works that have originated as self-propelled inquiry, either professional or personal, and have been developed into a myriad of media and forms including typography, writing/curatorial projects, performances, interactive works, publications and speculative proposals. The exhibition expands as its travels, continually emphasising local research and sites for exchange.

Contributors include: Åbäke, Julia Born & Alexandra Bachzetsis, Laurenz Brunner, Sara De Bondt, deValence, Dexter Sinister, Paul Elliman, Experimental Jetset, Martin Frostner & Jonas Williamsson, Ryan Gander, Liam Gillick, James Goggin, Francesca Grassi, Jonathan Hares, Will Holder, Hudson-Powell, David Keshavjee & Julien Tavelli, Hoon Kim, Kasia Korczak, Kueng Caputo, Jürg Lehni, Urs Lehni & Lex Trüb, Xiao Mage & Cheng Zi, Karel Martens & David Bennewith, Metahaven, Mevis en Van Deursen, John Morgan, NORM, Radim Pesko, Project Projects, Manuel Raeder, TASK : Emmet Byrne, Alex DeArmond & Jon Sueda, Cornel Windlin, Michael Worthington

The protagonists of Forms of Inquiry have contributed inquiries into architectural subjects as the foundation for a series of newly commissioned prints. Inquiries may take the form of an influential reference, a personal connection to architecture, or the porous relationship between graphic and architectural space. This exhibition examines the productive intersections of graphic design and architecture.

Public Programme at Archizoom
Four Evenings in the Form of an Inquiry curated by Nicole Udry

Wednesday 4 March, 7pm: MORE SONGS ABOUT BUILDINGS
Radovan Scasascia & Laurent Benner (Dreck-Records), London
Larytta (Guy Meldem & Christian Pahud), Lausanne

Thursday 12 March, 6.30pm: THE SERVICES WE OFFER
Daniel Eatock, London
David Keshavjee & Julien Tavelli, ecal, Lausanne
Rafael Koch & Urs Hofer, Bern
Jeremy Schorderet & Cem Sever, ecal, Lausanne

Wednesday 25 March, 6.30pm: ADVANTAGES OF SIMPLE TOOLING
Urs Lehni, Zurich

Thursday 9 April, 6.30pm: 1. DO ONE THING AT A TIME
Will Holder, London

A new publication published by Bedford Press will accompany the exhibition at Archizoom alongside the original catalogue (AA Publications, 2007) co-edited by Zak Kyes and Mark Owens and FOI Reader (IASPIS & Sternberg Press, forthcoming).

Archizoom: Monday to Friday: 9:30am – 6pm and Saturday: 10am – 5pm

BolteLang: Wednesday to Friday: 12pm – 6pm and Saturday: 12pm – 5pm

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