Amsterdam-based strategic design agency Metahaven is presenting their Black Transparency exhibition, for the first show at Future Gallery‘s new Keithstraße space in Berlin, opening March 15 and running to April 19.
Employing a research-based graphic design methodology, the duo, consisting Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, explore the politics and aesthetics of transparency, while the exhibition itself springs from their work with Wikileaks. Establishing a visual identity of “transparent camouflage” for the organisation, while helping them evade imposed direct donation embargoes by providing Metahaven-designed scarves and t-shirts, the resulting concept of this “black transparency” focuses on the geopolitical phenomenon of evasion and adaptation within a globalised network.
A necessary tool for visibility and survival for whistle-blowers and hackers Black Transparency -also an upcoming book of the same name, coming out on Sternberg Press this year -explores this through video interviews with internet activists, a set of proposals for data hosting via utopian architectural models and a collaboration with fashion designer Conny Groenewegen in creating a garment at “the connection point between fashion and information”.
See the Future Gallery website for details. **