Recent work by architect Wim Cuyvers is mainly about 'reading the city'. Particular cities he has looked at include New York, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Paris, Tirana. In these different cities he is mainly on the look-out for public space, that is to say, spaces where anyone can do anything at any given moment, or the non-private space, or non-privately owned space, in other words, space which is economically uninteresting. The weak and the vulnerable (junkies, gypsies, homeless people...) are seen as the ones who can point us towards the real public space (i.e. the non-privatised space). It turns out that the space of exclusion is the real public space. Inventories are mainly made while walking through the cities. Personal engagement and exhaustion and personal weakness are seen as (of course non-scientific) levels to be able to read the cities. Cuyvers' work results in planing schemes of the various cities which show how public space is distributed completely differently in different cities, for example: the very outside limit, at the waterfront in Manhattan, where homeless people are living and the two rivers in the middle of Tirana (Albania) that are used as rubbish-dumps where gypsies are trying to survive.
Cuyvers graduated as architect in 1982 in Ghent (BE), BE. He has been teaching at Academie voor Bouwkunst Tilburg (NL), the Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) and St. Lucas in Ghent (BE). At this moment he is teaching at Ecole d'Architecture Paris Malaquais. His work includes buildings (schools, kindergarten, private houses, laboratories, exhibition lay-outs) and urbanistic proposals.
He had individual and group exhibitions in Antwerp, Brussels, Venice, Bordeaux, Rome, Plymouth... Writings of Cuyvers include:
- Wim Cuyvers'. 1995. Antwerp, BE: De Singel. (exhibition catalogue monographic);
- Book without title. With Marc De Blieck (artist). See www.b-site.be;
- 'Beograd-Den Haag, about the impossibility of planning'. Concept Wim Cuyvers and Filiep Tacq. Den Haag, NL: Stroom;
-Different articles in 'Archis' ('Behind the iconostasis', 'General PS', 'Learning from Sarajevo'...).
Essentially a self-taught designer, Paul Elliman was a member of the City Limits Magazine collective (19841986) and then became Design Director of the British music magazine Wire (19861988) before embarking on a career as a freelance designer.
In 1991 he was awarded Design & Art Direction Gold and Silver medals for design and publication of an electronic journal that utilized fax and email. In 1992 he was the recipient of a Barclays New Stages prize for a collaboration with British choreographer Rosemary Butcher. Recent work includes commissions from Princeton School of Architecture; a collaboration with cycling activists Critical Mass; a series of imaging test patterns with Xerox, for the American Institute of Graphic Arts; and cover designs for Everything Magazine.
His work has been exhibited internationally in, for example, The British Council and Tate Modern, as well as in smaller gallery shows. He has been a contributor to FUSE, the electronic type publication published by Font Shop International, and he has published essays in magazines as Eye and IDEA.
Elliman has taught in the Cultural Studies Department at Central St. Martin's School of Art, London; The School of Visual Communications, University of East London; and at the University of Texas at Austin, and he has been a guest speaker and visiting critic at a number of schools. He was a project tutor at the Jan van Eyck Academie, between 1996 and 1999, and has been an assistant professor at Yale School of Art since 1998. Currently he is also an advisor to the new Shanghai University of Art and Design, and a critic at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
|Annelys de Vet
Since the start of the millenium Annelys de Vet (1974) has worked as an independent graphic designer in Amsterdam. After finishing her course in Graphic Design at the Academy in Utrecht and having received a masters degree in Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute, she worked several months as an artist-in-residence at the Sculpture Department of the RMIT in Melbourne.
Her work might be said to exemplify the ongoing discourse about 'neutral' functionalism and 'personal' interpretation. In the terms of today's debate, one could say that her work bridges the divide between usability and expression. Using her visual environment as a thesaurus of meaningful imagery, she tries to write poetry with the simplest of words. Collaborating with a wide range of artists and other cultural agents, Annelys de Vet makes work that communicates clearly.
Annelys has designed the childrens stamps of 2003, their theme being Child and Culture; she also designed the AMC Artbook, about the art collection of the Amsterdam Medical Centre, and the book Deep Sites, intelligent innovation in contemporary web design by Max Bruinsma. With composer Mayke Nas she has made a scenographic musical theatre show called DiGT 1t/m10. De Vet designed the oeuvre cd-rom ARCHIEF 1948-2000 about the work of the artist Moniek Toebosch and the graphic design of the Charles Nypels Foundation. From 2002 she has been teaching performance at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and from 2001 till 2004 she was a board member of the Dutch designers association BNO.