Researching across intersections of visual language, critical publishing, and digital media environments. Continuously learning – currently as a PhD fellow at the London School of Film, Media and Design, UWL (UK). Actively contributing to stanza – project space & studio for critical publishing (DK). Creatively co-directing fanfare – artistic research collective for broken channels of interlinked communications (NL).

fanfare display

With an ongoing interest in the display as a publishing medium, the modular display structure of fanfare was created together with Lotte van de Hoef in the early days of fanfare. The structure was a response to a lack of permanent address and effectively a necessity for adaptability in scale and function.

What is the fanfare display system?

The fanfare display system is, in its basic form, composed of panels and beams that contain holes through which nuts and bolts can be threaded to create infinitely various forms. Much like a book, the panels work like blank pages whose layout finds form through their careful arrangement in relation to the beams, holes, nuts and bolts.

The fanfare display was, at first, a pragmatic solution to our nomadic existence. Over the years, however, the display has proved incredibly durable as an infrastructure for shaping the activities and events that take place in the fanfare space, at different moments serving either as furniture (seating, desk, shelf, hanger, plinth, stage) or as spatial element (cube, wall, wayfinder). Whether constructed in public, at fairs, or in institutions, the display is not an empty container, but a device that allows fanfare and its collaborator to claim space, frame content, propose ideas and generate happenings. In this way, the display is both a publishing device and a medium of its own, a tool for thinking critically about the links between graphic design research, spatial publishing and its various potential publics.

The display allows you to claim space, frame content, and publish ideas. 
The display reflects a system of thoughts: what is to be organized, exposed, published, distributed, shared? Why, how, and for whom?
The display catalyzes the research, directs the viewer, exposes the process. It shows the structures we use, the language we choose, the behaviors we embody, and the social interactions we engender. 

Excerpt of display reflections published in First, Then… Repeat. Workshop Scripts in Practice(2022) by Hackers & Designers, edited by Anja Grooten.

Display design with Lotte van de Hoef
fanfare is a platform that curates, designs and educates by providing a timely and critical reflection on design and visual communication — both online and offline. fanfare encourages awareness of new exploratory approaches to visual imagery and cross-disciplinary design methodology.