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Sternberg Press Announces Markus Weisbeck Surface

Sternberg Press announce Markus Weisbeck: Surface. Markus Weisbeck will present his new book at MOTTO Berlin on May 13, 2011, as part of Again, A Time Machine. With texts by Daniel Birnbaum, Adam Budak, William Forsythe, Anselm Franke, Liam Gillick, Christoph Keller, Albrecht Kunze, Andrej Kupetz, Zak Kyes, Aram Lintzel, Stephan Mathieu, Michaela Melián, Lars Müller, Vanessa Joan Müller, Carsten Nicolai, Christine Peters, and Georg Schöllhammer

“More than any other designer in recent years, Markus Weisbeck has turned the book into a medium for curatorial experimentation. The unity of the book is no longer a given, instead he allows for heterogeneous, discursive levels that cannot really be forced into a whole. In Weisbeck’s creations they live next to each other, creating tensions that are never fully resolved. Behind the harmonious and often very elegant surfaces, these books thus harbor productive conflicts.”
—Daniel Birnbaum

“In these designs, Markus once again showed his complete mastery of the montage of different referential surfaces and the processes of the conceptual copying of historic traces and time-saturated tropes of the graphic design of various modernisms into the visual, printing, and design regimes of the present: an art in which he is an almost unequalled virtuoso.”
—Georg Schöllhammer

By its very nature, graphic design is primarily concerned with giving shape to ideas and information generated by others. For the last decade, Markus Weisbeck has been redefining this prevailing client-designer relationship and subsequently challenging what constitutes a graphic design practice today. This pocket book presents a selection of seminal graphic design projects developed by Weisbeck and his firm, Surface, over the last ten years; projects that strongly reveal Surface’s experimental approach and conceptual dexterity, contributing to and informing contemporary graphic design.

As the designer of the Lukas & Sternberg Pocket Book Series, Weisbeck has implemented his graphic strategy with twenty distinct titles, the twenty-first of which he is both designer and author. This book presents select projects by Weisbeck and Surface, each illustrated by the graphics themselves, short descriptions, and texts by Weisbeck’s clients and collaborators.

Markus Weisbeck with Fons Hickmann
fein fein: 20 min talksportmarathon

Again, A Time Machine
With Maria Fusco, Stewart Home, Ingo Niermann, Katrina Palmer, and Markus Weisbeck/Fons Hickmann
Co-hosted by Book Works, Sternberg Press, and Archive Books
Music by Andi Toma

Friday, May 13, 2011
6:30–9:00 p.m.

MOTTO Berlin
Skalitzer Straße 68
10997 Berlin

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