Envisaging Vocational Rehabilitation
Vocational rehabilitation is a term that refers to a process of compelling and enabling people to overcome disability so they can work. This social practice is the starting point for a collaboration between the Berlin-based artist Simon Denny and Joanna Fadyl, a PHD candidate from New Zealand who's thesis focuses on this topic.
For the joint project Envisaging Vocational Rehabilitation, Denny revisits his artistic interest in topics such as leisure culture, the entertainment industry (video, television) and the aesthetics of an information economy by working with information design. The project consists of a collaborative reorganisation of visual and textual material from Fadyl's research around the development of the definition and role of reintegration into employment and society. Exemplary documents originating from New Zealand's social history have been compiled and processed by Denny and David Bennewith to form a central brochure from where the diverse parts of the project are accessed; including a video, Twitter feed and computer application.
This unique and limited edition brochure is structurally informed by Facebook's timeline protocol and Edward Tufte's notions about the visualisation of information; which are also starting and reference points for the graphic design. As well as its concertina, a series of tipped in fold-outs act like interpolations – alluding to the contemporary [digital] archive, translated back into layered space. The brochure is explicitly designed as a resource for communicating Fadyl's PHD research to the field and further; half of the edition is distributed within this context.
28.5.2012 Sold out, please try a distributor in the list on the right side column if you would like to obtain a copy.
22.5.2012 1 copy left.
29.4.2012 Presentation of Envisaging Vocational Rehabilitation with artist talk at Pro QM, Berlin, (Sunday) at 5pm.
27.4.2012 New Zealand launch of Envisaging Vocational Rehabilitation at St. Paul Street Gallery, Auckland, 6-7.30pm.
16.3.2012 Only 5 copies left.
27.2.2012 Colophon has an edition of 25 copies of the brochure available for distribution, follow this link to order a copy. Retail price is 35 Euro. You won't regret it!
16.2.2012 Project launch at Cafe Uferlos, Bismarckallee 11, 48151 Münster, 7pm till late. Photo of project launch (second from bottom, right): Thorsten Arendt.
Folded brochure, 324 x 240 mm
8 pages, plus fold-outs
CMYK offset printing
Conception and co-ordination Simon Denny
Text and image research Joanna Fadyl
Graphic Design David Bennewith / Colophon
Image retouching Alexander Shoukas
Published by Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, DE
Printed by Vier Türme GmbH, Münsterschwarzach, DE
1st. Edition 300 copies, 2012
The project Envisaging Vocational Rehabilitation also includes a computer application, made in collaboration with Pippin Barr; a Twitter feed by Rafaël Rozendaal and a video made in collaboration with Timur Si-Qin.
Colophon, Amsterdam, NL - Sold out
Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, DE
Buchhandlung Walther König, Münster, DE
Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland, NZ
Stand Up Comedy, Portland, USA
Zeit, 'Das Eigenleben der Kleckse'
Over the Net, 'That was then'