Mainstudio, Edwin van Gelder
16 x 23.2 cm
Eleonoor Jap Sam
BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2020 / SHORTLIST DAM ARCHITECTURAL BOOK AWARD 2020 / TOKYO TDC ANNUAL AWARDS - 2021 EXCELLENT TYPOGRAPHY & DESIGN
This project was made possible with the generous support of AFK (Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst), Mondriaan Fund, Stichting Stokroos, Jap Sam Books, Art Agent Orange, Jaap Harten Fonds and anyone who's donated through Voor de Kunst.
Walter Benjamin and Albert S. sit simultaneously – I can’t imagine it any other way – at their respective writing and drawing tables, bent over their papers. One in Paris, the other in Berlin.
Perhaps there is a moment when, as in a choreography, they both lift their right hand from the paper, in exact synchronization, and look to the side. Staring into the distance, for a moment, to summon a thought – and then, the moment is over. Albert S. stands up, and Walter Benjamin crosses out the sentence he has just written.
The Walter Benjamin and Albert S. Project is a book about the parallel lives of Walter Benjamin and Albert Speer and the quest to bring these two lives together.
"The shimmering silver ink marks the subtlety of this book: we were all staring into the repetition of the silver images, almost floating on a carefully selected black paper, with small text blocks marking a pause, creating a rhythm. The layout of this book illustrates the parallel lives of Walter Benjamin and Albert Speer, highlighting the story Maurice Bogaert wants to tell with a slightly open door on the cover, inviting us in." - Student jury The Best Dutch Book Designs 2020
In recent years, visual artist Maurice Bogaert has worked on a series of projects in which he brings different media, such as architecture, film, text and visual art, together to create an immersive encounter for the audience. All of these works, including The Walter Benjamin and Albert S. Project, are attempts to create a cinematic experience without actually making a film.