Artist Page — 2 Sep 2020
In the Presence of Absence, the bi-annual show of proposals for the museum collection, presents 23 artists (collectives). This artist page includes a text on the work and an artist contribution.
The publication looks back in time through the printed matter produced in FACIT’s inhouse print shops, such as type specimens, manuals, advertising leaflets, and product catalogues, and includes analyses, interviews, and a number of essays. A new text by Will Holder, written on the occasion of this exhibition, is published as an addendum to the book.
By reconstructing the visual history of FACIT and enriching it with reflections on the local communities and broader society it was rooted into, the publication and installation shed new light on overarching relationships between graphic design, typography, globalization, corporate culture, and identity.
Jens Schildt (b. 1977) and Matthias Kreutzer (b. 1981) studied together at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, and in 2008 set up their design studio Our Polite Society, which designs books, magazines, posters, exhibitions, signage, record covers, and typefaces. Our Polite Society is based in Amsterdam and Stockholm. Work by the studio has been exhibited internationally.
The FACIT Model: Globalism, Localism & Identity (2019), edited and designed by Our Polite Society, 224 pages, 70 black-and-white and 130 colour illustrations, published by Spector Books, Leipzig.