Over the last year, with the amazing teams at GAISS architects, Latvians Abroad - museum and research centre, National Library of Latvia, we worked on a playful and colourful exhibition about Latvians and experience of maintaining and cherishing their heritage and identity while living all around the world.
The entry piece stating «I (aswell) am a Latvian» – is a blurred mirror, we were really glad that it worked like we intended and people could literally reflect on their own identity in it.
Atis Jēkabsons – Dark Matter
Survival kit 8 Exhibition identity design
The eighth international contemporary art festival Survival Kit 8 took place from September 8 to 25, 2016.
In response to observations and current affairs, the festival focused on the acupuncture of society, viewing our modern-day society as a body and searching for and locating its most painful points.
In addition to the main exhibition, special attention was devoted to putting together a varied programme of events, which would offer meditation workshops and shamanistic performances led by artists, pseudo-religious film screenings and critical multidisciplinary discussions. The festival is organised by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art.
Inga Lāce, one of the exhibition curators, notes: “Acupuncture, as a metaphor for testing the sensitive societal zones, has not been selected randomly. During the last few years, our society has grown increasingly more interested in alternative medicine, esotericism and suggestion. Eastern spiritualism is becoming ever more present in today’s techno-utopian world. Could this interest be interpreted as an escape from reality, a new lifestyle accessory or a key to an alternative survival, all along knowing that the tools and methods currently at our disposal no longer offer the desired result?”
Ir nauda Magazine design
Our brief was to design a new business magazine, which would set itself apart from the conservative business magazines in the market.
So we made a magazine which we would like to read – used local illustrators and photographers instead of stock illustration and photography. Made it creative and inviting, not stale and conservative — inspiring people to start their own business, showing them that being entrepreneur doesn’t need to be all about bookkeeping (while it’s good to know your cash-flow and taxes). During the first four magazines we continued to develop the guidelines for Art-Direction and design, as well as doing the design and art-working, commissioning photography and illustration.