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The Making of Your Magazines (documenta 12)


The Making of Your Magazines
June 16 – September 23 2007
KulturBahnhof, Kassel
Architecture magazines as media of aesthetic education.

Organization/Curator: Exhibition and project space by archplus as a contribution to documenta 12 magazines.
Design/Art direction: onlab

Statement (art directors): «onlab designed the exhibition like an editorial office that is open to the public. onlab’s concept for ‘The Making of Your Magazines’ offers two approaches to 40 years of history and discourse in the magazine archplus. One access to the thematic development of the magazine is presented on a long timeline/infographic on the wall which chronologically maps the evolution according to 12 selected topics. The second approach engages the visitors to compile their own selection of articles from the past 40 years and to create their own issue of archplus while the editorial board is working on the next issue in the same space.
Folders at the desks offer a selection of articles of 5 of the 12 themes for further reading.These articles are the basis on which visitors can produce their own archplus issue.
As for the production of their magazines, visitors would find folders with all selected articles right by the copy machine. While the editors were working on the latest issue, copies were to be stapled between two cardboard sheets, one being the cover with the archplus logo and the other one being the backcover. Visitors could fold the exhibition poster into a cover for their magazine and place the copied articles inside.»


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