Title: Design Anarchy
Author: Kalle Lasn
Publisher: ORO Editions
Dimensions: 28.1 x 26 x 4.6 cm
Design Anarchy, Kalle Lasn
This radical new aesthetic vision from the founder of Adbusters Magazine looks unflinchingly at contemporary art and graphic design and implicates their seemingly innocuous practitioners in crimes against our culture and our planet.
'Design Anarchy' pioneers a hybrid graphic/text language that is by turns intimate, anarchic, abstract and accusatory, to explore the responsibility of the visual designer and artist in the pollution and redemption of our mental and physical commons.
'Design Anarchy' makes an urgent call for artists, graphic and industrial designers and architects to reengage with the world, and it includes work from some who have already heard that call: Jeff Wall, Andres Serrano, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ryan McGinley, Gregory Crewdson and Barbara Kruger.
Kalle Lasn is the founder of Adbusmedia foundation, such as Buy Nothing Day and TV Turnoff Week, and has pioneered the spoof ads, billboard liberations and TV mind-melters featured here. In the battle for a new kind of meaning, 'Design Anarchy' is a 400-page mind bomb without precedent.