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Kieler Woche 2022
Mitar­beit: Bolin Chen

Hello. We are a design stu­dio based in Zurich & Bre­men with a focus on edi­to­r­ial design, typog­ra­phy and visual iden­tity. Tania Prill was trained as a Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Designer and researcher at the HfK Bre­men, the for­mer HFG Zurich (ZHdK) and the HGK Basel. 2018 she started her own stu­dio to col­lab­o­rate with dif­fer­ent artists, design­ers and net­works. Before that she was part­ner in the stu­dio Prill Vieceli Cre­mers for­mer Prill & Vieceli since 2001

From 2004 to 2010 she was Pro­fes­sor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Design at the HfG Karl­sruhe. Since 2010 she is Pro­fes­sor of Typog­ra­phy at the Uni­ver­sity of the Arts Bre­men (HfK) where she runs the Archive of Inde­pen­dent Pub­lish­ing (AIP), a col­lec­tion of Ger­man and inter­na­tional under­ground and self-pub­li­ca­tions. Her main fields of research are edi­to­r­ial projects, self-pub­lish­ing, typog­ra­phy and design edu­ca­tion. She is in charge of the estate of the typog­ra­pher, teacher, pub­lisher and author Hans-Rudolf Lutz.

Works

Whatever

Über doppelte Musik

Book & Record Launch, Live Per­for­mance with Kay-Zee and Dim­itri de Per­rot, Kup­per Mod­ern, Novem­ber 2021. Spec­tor Books & Noi Record­ings. Edi­tors: Tania Prill & Peter Tillessen, pho­tos © Peter Tillessen

Palace

Welt­for­mat Poster, Asso­ci­a­tion PALACE, St. Gallen, Switzer­land dur­ing the Covid Lock­down. PRINT: Uldry​.ch

Ingo Vetter

Populäre Plastik

What an impact does an art­work designed for pub­lic space have on its loca­tion and use of this space? Can it pro­vide an expe­ri­ence or a new point of view? can it cre­ate con­texts? – from the pref­ace by Ingo Vet­ter
Design: Chris­t­ian Hofer, Lea Michel together with Tania Prill
Ver­lag für mod­erne Kunst Nürn­berg, 2020

Wir publizieren

Redaktion, Gestaltung, Produktion und Distribution unabhängiger Magazinformate in der Schweiz seit 1960

Wir pub­lizieren focuses on inde­pen­dent, col­lec­tive prac­tices in pub­lish­ing, repro­duc­tion and dis­tri­b­u­tion. It is a joint project of the Bern Uni­ver­sity of the Arts HKB in Switzer­land and the Uni­ver­sity of the Arts Bre­men in Ger­many. We are con­cerned with the ques­tion of how to iden­tify increased inter­est in printed mat­ter in small edi­tions or obscure net­works, and with how themes, approaches, aes­thet­ics, and atti­tudes have changed in inde­pen­dent pub­lish­ing since the 1960s (and why).
The exhi­bi­tion, the con­fer­ence and the instal­la­tion Wir pub­lizieren at the Kun­sthalle Bern and at the Off-Space Anticham­bre (Decem­ber 2019–January 2020) was the first project to acti­vate the Archive of Swiss Inde­pen­dent Peri­od­i­cal Pub­lish­ing which is based at the HKB.
We are link­ing up with the exhi­bi­tion (Museum Weser­burg Bre­men 2015/2016) and bookpro­ject Under the Radar. Under­ground- and Self­pub­li­ca­tions 19651975’ coor­di­nated by Jan-Fred­erik Ban­del, Annette Gilbert and myself together with the stu­dents of the HfK Mas­ter­pro­gramm School of Visual Com­bi­na­tions’. wir​-pub​lizieren​.ch

Bauhaus Dessau

Cor­po­rate Design, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau,2015, Design: Prill Vieceli Cre­mers

Architonic – Logo

Zurich, 2021

2006 Alberto Vieceli and I designed the Archi­tonic Logo and since then var­i­ous appli­ca­tions. Nice to see that 15 years later the logo is still in use– unchanged.

Bruchlinien

Drei Episoden zum NSU

This book is about the NSU trial that took place from 2013 to 2018. The draw­ings by Paula Bulling, based on three scenes devised by Anne König, inter­weave fact and imag­i­na­tion. The comic is accom­pa­nied by a series of inter­views with Bar­bara John, ombudswoman for the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims, jour­nal­ists Toralf Staud and Chris­t­ian Fuchs, Ayşe Güleç, co-founder of the Coali­tion for Action on the mur­der of Halit Yoz­gat in Kas­sel, and Can­dan Özer-Yıl­maz, widow of Atilla Özer.
»Dessen ungeachtet ist Bruch­lin­ien“ ein Meilen­stein für den deutschen Comic: method­isch, ästhetisch, vor allem aber poli­tisch. Die Lek­türe ist schmerzhaft, aber das muss sie sein, wenn über­haupt so etwas wie ein Umdenken in den Dien­st­stellen, die bei der Aufk­lärung der NSU-Morde ver­sagt haben, erfol­gen soll.« Andreas Platthaus, Frank­furter All­ge­meine Zeitung
Spec­tor Books, 2019

Archive of Independent Publishing

AIP

Since 2018 I am run­ning the Archive of Inde­pen­dent Pub­lish­ing (AIP), a col­lec­tion of Ger­man and inter­na­tional under­ground and self-pub­li­ca­tions, now based at the Uni­ver­sity of the Arts Bre­men (HfK). The assort­ment of hun­dreds of note­books, brochures, largely com­ing from the 196575 period, is open to use for researchers, stu­dents, and other inter­ested indi­vid­u­als. The value of these publications—often equally wild in regards to pol­i­tics, con­tent and design—for the his­tory of social move­ments, polit­i­cal protest forms and alter­na­tive life mod­els around and since 1968 is appar­ent. How­ever, the AIP is most urgently inter­ested in ques­tions that are dif­fer­ent (or rather lead in dif­fer­ent direc­tions): what sig­nif­i­cance is gained by media, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and design in these life mod­els? What pre­ced­ing his­to­ries to the ana­log, dig­i­tal, post-dig­i­tal media use can be told through these pub­li­ca­tions? Which breaks with tra­di­tion and lines of con­ti­nu­ity within graphic design and media thought can be con­ceived of more pre­cisely than else­where? On Whose shoul­ders is today’s inde­pen­dent pub­lish­ing stand­ing on? What can it learn from the ama­teurs, fan­tasts, and rebels of the 1960s and 70s? How polit­i­cal is design? And which social ideas can be artic­u­lated within it?
The AIP has emerged out of the col­lec­tion belong­ing to Jan-Fred­erik Ban­del and the project Under the Radar. Under­ground Zines and Self-Pub­li­ca­tions 19651975 and addi­tional AIP works, such as Stil­re­volte Under­ground, designed by HfK Mas­ter stu­dents Jakob Grom­mas & Vik­to­ria Dietz are also slated to be pub­lished there. Spec­tor Books, 2022

Why Publish? We Publish!

Print Out: Archiv­ing and Cura­to­r­ial Prac­tices of Alter­na­tive Pub­lish­ing Ven­tures’, inter­na­tional Sym­po­sium on Cura­to­r­ial Prac­tices of Alter­na­tive Pub­lish­ing Enter­prises at the Saro­jini Naidu School of Arts and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Uni­ver­sity of Hyder­abad in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pro Hel­ve­tia, Swiss Arts Coun­cil, Hyder­abad, 2018 / Lec­ture together with Andreas Vogel
READ­ERS OF ALL COUN­TRIES, PUB­LISH!’ Lec­ture and work­shop together with Andreas Vogel at the Fac­ulty of Fine Arts, MSU Bar­oda, 2018 / TAKE on Writ­ing Series and Pro Hel­ve­tia in col­lab­o­ra­tion with MSU Bar­oda and Pro Hel­ve­tia.

The Legend of Barbara Rubin

Film Culture 80

The film­maker Bar­bara Rubin entered the New York under­ground in the 1960, while still a teenager and she quickly became a leg­endary key fig­ures of the com­mu­nity.
This spe­cial eight­i­eth issue of the mag­a­zine Film Cul­ture fea­tures her pre­vi­ously unpub­lished let­ters to Jonas Mekas and includes inter­views and Rubin’s script, Christ­mas on Earth Con­tin­ued, a planned sequel to her noto­ri­ous film.

Design: Tania Prill & Franziska Bauer, Spec­tor Books.
Awarded as one of the Most Beau­ti­ful Swiss Books 2018.

Book launch 1: A Con­ver­sa­tion about Bar­bara Rubin together with Anne König, Jonas Mekas, Marc Siegel and Chuck Smith. Sep­tem­ber 15, 57pm, Printed Mat­ter, New York.

Book launch 2: Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 21, 2018, 3pm at the Class­room MoMa PS1, with Jonas Mekas, Chuck Smith, Franziska Bauer, Sarai Mey­ron and Anne König.

Typografie als künstlerisches Ereignis

Michael Glasmeier & Tania Prill (Hrsg.)

Mit Beiträ­gen von Jan-Fred­erik Ban­del, David Ben­newith, Susanne Bieri, Ruth Black­sell, Frieder Butz­mann, Sebas­t­ian Cre­mers, Annette Geiger, Annette Gilbert, Michael Glas­meier, Sabine Main­berger, Ben­jamin Meyer-Krah­mer, Tania Prill, Gabriele Wix

Gemalte Schrift, gedruckte Schrift, mon­tierte Schrift: Nicht erst seit dem 16. Jahrhun­dert begleiten dif­fer­ente For­men von Tex­tele­menten die bildende Kunst – bis hin zum Ersatz des Bildes durch Schriftlichkeit. Die Pub­lika­tion will daher mit ihren Beiträ­gen nicht in erster Linie Text-Bild-Phänomene unter­suchen, son­dern vielmehr die jew­eils spezielle Typografie solcher Worter­schei­n­un­gen an aus­gewählten Beispie­len disku­tieren. Ger­ade in den 1960er Jahren wird deut­lich, dass etwa mit Fluxus, Konzep­tkunst, Pop-Art oder exk­lu­siv mit Visueller/​Konkreter Poe­sie Tex­tele­mente eben nicht nur poet­is­che Beiga­ben darstellen, son­dern einen eige­nen, indi­vidu­ellen Bild­charak­ter besitzen, der in einer prak­tis­chen Gestal­tung etwa von Gemälden, Zeich­nun­gen, Kün­stler­büch­ern, Bildtafeln, Dia­gram­men, Konzepten, Instal­la­tio­nen oder Fil­men Aus­druck findet. Hier erprobt die bildende Kunst auf ver­schieden­sten medi­alen Ebe­nen einen erweit­erten Umgang mit Schrift bis hin zur Entwick­lung eigener Schrift­typen. Vor allem aber kommt es in diesen Jahren zur pro­duk­tiven Wech­sel­wirkung von freier und ange­wandter Typografie, etwa in den Kün­stler­pub­lika­tio­nen der Zeit. Meth­o­den der Konkreten Poe­sie oder der Konzep­tkunst wer­den in die Wer­bung über­tra­gen usw. Dieses bisher unter­be­lichtete Feld eines umfassenden typografis­chen Exper­i­ments kön­nte mit den vere­in­ten Kräften von The­o­rie und Praxis ein neues Forschungs­ge­biet gener­ieren.
Tex­tem, ISBN 9783864851254

Under the Radar – Underground Zines and Self-Publications 1965–1975

Exhibition and publication

The mid-1960s wit­nessed a boom in under­ground and self­pub­lished works. This exhi­bi­tion at the museum Weser­burg Bre­men and the pub­li­ca­tion is the first to present the under­ground and self-pub­lished works that came out of West Ger­many in such depth, while also show­ing the inter­na­tional con­text in which they emerged: not as an anec­do­tal his­tory but as an attempt to tap into the aes­thetic cos­mos of a Do-It-Your­self rebel­lion, one that also chal­lenges us to take a new look at the cur­rent boom in inde­pen­dent pub­lish­ing, the riso­graph aes­thetic, and so on.
Spec­tor Books, 2017, Edited by Jan-Fred­erik Ban­del, Annette Gilbert, Tania Prill; designed by Prill Vieceli Cre­mers
Award: Grand Prix, Tokyo Type Direc­tors Club
Exhi­bi­tion: Jan-Fred­erik Ban­del and Tania Prill, in coop­er­a­tion with the School of Visual Com­bi­na­tions.

Money

This is a book about the pic­tures on ban­knotes: pic­tures of polit­i­cal sub­ject-mat­ter, his­tor­i­cal mile­stones, dis­tin­guished per­son­ages, sta­tus sym­bols, and land­scapes. Ban­knotes are mini-posters pro­claim­ing an ide­al­ized world. Money is a mys­tery: mon­e­tary value seeks a visual cor­rel­a­tive.
The pic­tures on bills tell sto­ries and glo­rify power. Strong, happy peo­ple engaged in phys­i­cal labor, for instance. They have access to edu­ca­tion and live in a fan­tas­ti­cal land­scape with abun­dant fauna. Mon­e­tary iconog­ra­phy often takes up sim­i­lar motifs and reit­er­ates basic pat­terns. Human fig­ures are por­trayed accord­ing to pathos for­mu­lae, their ges­tures and facial expres­sions to be uni­formly con­strued the world over.

I started col­lect­ing ban­knotes and focus­ing on the pic­tures 11 years ago while I was trav­el­ing in Iran. We tried to con­jure the spirit that speaks from the orna­men­ta­tion of ban­knotes, as Wal­ter Ben­jamin put it, and show which pic­tures are used to imprint value on slips of paper that would oth­er­wise be worth­less.

Edited and designed by Prill Vieceli Cre­mers
Edi­tion Patrick Frey

Lutz Open House

When we had to leave our stu­dio in 2017, which was the for­mer stu­dio of Hans-Rudolf Lutz since 1972, we moved our stu­dio fur­ni­ture and exhib­ited some of his work for a cou­ple of days.
Scenog­ra­phy: Sebas­t­ian Cre­mers

Martin Parr

Poster

Design: Sebas­t­ian Cre­mers, Tania Prill, Alberto Vieceli

336 pages 336 books

For this book we sighted thou­sands of books of all dif­fer­ent peri­ods on dif­fer­ent top­ics and focuses, in search of 336 head­strong and humoris­tic page num­bers. The struc­ture refers to book by George Brecht, the title is inspired by the artist books by Ed Ruscha. A folded leaflet with an index of the ref­er­ences is enclosed in the book.
151×105mm, Hard­cover, Everyedi­tion, Zurich 2013 (Out of print)
Edited and designed by Prill Vieceli Cre­mers

Zeitlos Schön

Poster

Design: Sebas­t­ian Cre­mers, Tania Prill, Alberto Vieceli

Hot Love

Hot Love – Swiss Punk & Wave 19761980 tells the story of the pio­neer­ing Swiss Punk scene from the begin­ning. The Swiss Punk scene emerged in Zurich and Geneva around the same time it started in Lon­don and New York, in 1976. Hot Love starts at the very begin­ning and recounts the com­plete story until 1980, when Punk went polit­i­cal and much of the energy of the first gen­er­a­tion was lost. 

Most beau­ti­ful Swiss books, 2006
Designed by Prill & Vieceli

Shamans of Cave Graffiti

Work­shop at OTIS Col­lege of Art and Design, L.A., MFA GD Design Week 2015
Kali Niki­tas invited me for a work­shop dur­ing the Design Week together with other vis­it­ing artists in 2015. Coor­di­na­tors: Kali Niki­tas together with Menno Crui­jsen.

Estate Hans-Rudolf Lutz

Since 1998 I am in charge of the estate of the typog­ra­pher, teacher, pub­lisher and author Hans-Rudolf Lutz. I am try­ing to acti­vate his work through lec­tures and other ini­tia­tives. In sum­mer 2021 a reprint of the Hiero­glyphs of today will come out as a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Urs Lehni / Rollo Press.

unsicher

Beat Gloor

Sep­a­ra­tions hurt. Sep­a­ra­tions lib­er­ate. Often we miss some­thing after­wards that we thought we were sure of. That makes us inse­cure.’ (Elster & Salis)
Lin­guist Beat Gloor col­lected incor­rectly sep­a­rated words over 15 years. The mis­takes cre­ate new, often humor­ous mean­ing. I would like to warmly rec­om­mend this book, which, by the way, has an excep­tion­ally beau­ti­ful typog­ra­phy. It is a school of thought as amus­ing as it is pro­found.’ (NZZ am Son­ntag) Designed by Prill & Vieceli – awarded at the Most Beau­ti­ful Swiss Books

better safe than sorry

Wiedemann Mettler

Pub­lisher: Schei­deg­ger & Spiess
Design: Prill Vieceli Cre­mers