You laugh an ugly laugh* – Die visuelle Identität des Humors
Student project, University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf
Art direction, exhibition concept, graphic design, organization
Design meets stage. Design becomes Performance. Everybody laughs. An exhibition as performance.
You laugh an ugly laugh* – Die visuelle Identität des Humors was a micro-exhibition which took place in January 2014
during the festival “Kunsthalle BÜHNE: das Fest!“ at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and the bar Salon des Amateurs.
The exhibition was planned as a 90 minutes performances and moves at the intersection of design and art. The students presented performances and video installations dedicated to humour in a temporal and social context. The exhibition was supplemented with a dialogue and interview between performance artists and scientists and framed by performances of professional artists (Weisser Westen and Tulip, die singende Tulpe). The idea of volatility was chosen as base for the design concept, it creates a connection between the terms humor, performance and stage. The sketched frames and areas of the Corporate Design represent the improved stage and the temporal and performative frame. They visualize the volatility of the event and the humor itself, confuse, disturb and offer questions. To materialize these ideas, 75 posters were painted by hand. Also, fourteen individual and absurd seeming stages were built, one for each performance. Each stage was used in the short time frame of the individual performance.
Specifications – 2014, poster, silk screen and acrylic paint, 594 mm x 841 mm, 75 copies, flyer and program, digital print,
210 mm x 148 mm, collaboration with Clara Habermann, Frank Hildebrandt, Lena Drießen, exhibition photography: Felix Steinhaus, videography: Mirza Odabasi, Mirko Sonsala