Embedded Art is an exhibition on show at the Akademi der Künste in Berlin which explores our current obsession with terrorism and security, and features contributions from graphic designers including Barnbrook Design and Neville Brody/Research Studios.
The exhibition brings together 28 specially commissioned projects, all exploring issues relating to security, by artists from Germany, Japan, South Africa, Italy, Slovenia and the UK. Barnbrook Design’s contribution is a series of logos that “seek to highlight the tension between two conflictual domains, between the public and the private spheres,” says Barnbrook.
“The designs are informed by those corporations and political bodies that surround the Pariser Platz that constitutes the Akademi der Künste Berlin,” he continues. “These bodies are keen to be seen working with charitable causes and supporting the arts whist simultaneously promoting a politics of fear in attempts to govern the use of public sphere. In appropriating the aesthetic vocabulary of such institutions, it is possible to reveal not only an unreflexive allegiance to symbolic authority but also the power relations that order, maintain, and determine the direction of political decision making.”
In addition to the logos series, Barnbrook Design also created a flyposter for the show, which is being shown on poster sites in Berlin, alongside other Embedded Art posters by Neville Brody/Research Studios, Fons Hickmann, Omar Vulpinari, Yuko Shimizu and Gunter Rambow.
Embedded Art will be on show until March 22. More info is at embeddedart.org.