Saturday, 1 December 2012


Manuel Raeder 'The Letter E is Everywhere' at Centro de Diseño de Oaxaca

Studio Manuel Raeder

Display devices
and other related matters

Forming the central part of this exhibition LA LETRA E ESTÁ POR DOQUIER are three newly developed display structures and three new furniture objects. The display structures are a continuation of the experiments carried out by Studio Manuel Raeder in how to construct display devices that deal with showing books or an archive.

LA LETRA E ESTÁ POR DOQUIER functions like a book that contains different stories and letters. Instead of pages, the display structures and furniture allow for textile designs, objects and books that Studio Manuel Raeder has designed in the past years to be juxtaposed next to found and used objects from various encounters during a research undertaken at Oaxacan handcraft workshops. This found objects include half finished barro negro pots (black ceramic) and tin can test prints amongst many other things.

EVERYWHERE also features three newly developed furniture / objects that collapse the borders of where the work of Studio Manuel Raeder begins and where the objects on display try to relate to local forms and methods of production.

The Centro de Diseño de Oaxaca is the first public institution in Mexico to promote design as a strategic tool for fostering social, economic, and cultural development. The Centro de Diseño de Oaxaca is an interdisciplinary team of professionals who interact within a focus of participative design. Through interconnection and interaction with civil society, governmental agencies and non-governmental organisations, artisans and artists, educational institutions, and the private sector, we develop products, services, and experiences aimed at addressing specific needs.

Studio Manuel Raeder is an interdisciplinary design studio based in Berlin, that has been engaged in designing, publishing and editing over 100 artists books in the past ten years, as well as responsible for the communication strategies and graphic identity of several cultural institutions such as for example Kölnischer Kusntverein 2007 - 2011, Kunstverein München (since 2010), Artists Space New York and the fashion label BLESS. The studio has developed long standing collaborations with artists such as Mariana Castillo Deball, Haegue Yang, Nora Schultz, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Sergej Jensen and Galerie Neu.

Studio Manuel Raeder is concerned with the construction of narratives, both in the form of books, exhibition design and furniture. Books can be used as carriers of information, or experimental devices to document or conceit narratives. In a similar manner, exhibition design can evolve in different sensorial experiences, thus leading the visitor through a spacial narrative.

Manuel Raeder’s work has a wide range of formats exploring the boundaries between exhibitions, ephemera, books, type design, editing and publishing to furniture design and art. In the last 10 years he has realized various exhibitions, books, commissioned and self-published, that explore the boundaries of artists books, editing, and the book as a publishing medium. In 2011 he founded the publishing house BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE together with Manuel Goller.

Centro de Diseño de Oaxaca
Galería Manuel García, Portal Benito Juárez núm. 110 altos, Centro Histórico Oaxaca 
22nd November 2012 until 3rd February 2013

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