September 21st, 11am
Participants: Stuart Bertolotti Bailey, Lola Tonini Alabiso, Ab Rogers and Lauren Mackler
Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey is a graphic designer, writer and publisher based in London who currently spends most of his time as Head of Design at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. He studied Typography & Graphic Communication at Reading University, attended the experimental graduate school Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem, and was awarded a Practice-based PhD in Fine Art, also from Reading University. He is one-half of the artist duo Dexter Sinister along with David Reinfurt, and a quarter of archiving/publishing platform The Serving Library along with David, Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey and Vincenzo Latronico. He co-founded and -edited the left-field arts journal Dot Dot Dot in 2000, and continues to edit its successor The Serving Library Annual (formerly Bulletins of The Serving Library, since 2011), both of which are fully archived at www.servinglibrary.org. Dexter Sinister have been involved in exhibitions at venues including Museo Jumex in Mexico City (2016), Kunstverein Munchen (2015), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2015), Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius (2014), 55° Biennale di Venezia (2013), the Museum of Modern Art (2012), Artists Space in New York (2011), and the Whitney Biennial (2008). Their writing and other work has been published in the Dexter Sinister books Notes on the Type, Time, Letters & Spirits (Sternberg, 2017), On a Universal Serial Bus* (ROMA, 2015), and Portable Document Format (Sternberg, 2010), as well as on the memory stick Universal Serial Bus (Sternberg, 2015). He has variously taught art and design for extended periods at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, OTIS college in Los Angeles, and the University of Art & Design in Geneva.
Lauren Mackler is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles. In 2010, she founded Public Fiction, a forum for staging exhibitions, performances, and programs by contemporary artists and writers, as well as a journal with the same mission in print. Mackler has organized Public Fiction exhibitions and catalogues at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2012 & 2016); Artissima LIDO, Turin (2012); the Berkeley Art Museum (2013); Frieze Projects New York (2014); the Hammer Museum (2014); the MAK Center for Art and Architecture’s Schindler House (2018); and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (January 2019). She is currently the managing editor of Sublevel — the literary magazine housed in the CalArts School of Critical Studies — and has been on faculty at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the UCLA Graduate Department of Art, and Otis College of Art and Design. Mackler is a contributor to Artforum and various other publications. In 2015, she was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome. She is currently co-curating the next Los Angeles biennial, Made in LA 2020, at the Hammer Museum.
Public Fiction : publicfiction.org/
Sublevel magazine : sublevelmag.com/
Lola Tonini Alabiso, is a lawyer trained in Milan, Paris and Geneva. Between 2008 and 2011 she has worked for the UN Secretariat and the International Labour Standards Department of the International Labour Organization. Since 2011 she has been living in Luxembourg and working for the Court of Justice of the European Union, where she is currently legal secretary (référendaire) of the President of the General Court.
Ab Rogers is a London-based designer known for a wide-ranging practice informed by his lyrical imagination. In 2004, he founded Ab Rogers Design (ARD), now an established studio that plays with colour, materials and function to inject a sense of poetry, magic and wonder into the everyday world.
He was Head of Programme for the MA Interior design course at the Royal College of Art from 2012 – 2015, following extensive teaching at the Leeds Metropolitan University, Parsons Institute of Design in New York, Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow and Eindhoven Design Academy, Netherlands.
ARD’s multifaceted work includes designing for hotels, restaurants, retail environments, domestic interiors, museum exhibitions, websites and brands; past clients include the Pompidou Centre, Tate Modern, Royal Academy, Science Museum, the Australian Centre for Moving Image, Selfridges, Conde Nast, Pizza Express, Price Waterhouse Cooper and Scape Living, for whom they have designed student housing schemes at Mile End, Shoreditch, Guildford and Melbourne. New sites are planned for Brisbane, Brighton and Dublin.
For a house in London, the studio conjured rainbow-coloured spiral staircases and playground slides linking one storey to the next. A Mayfair clothing shop – Emperor Moth – became a mirrored crystal cave in which automated mannequins slowly gyrate. Rogers even took on the staid Little Chef roadside eatery, giving every uniform and ceiling tile a playful new reason for existing.
A former cabinet-maker and sailor, Rogers earned his MA in design from the Royal College of Art, where he met Shona Kitchen, with whom he cofounded Kitchen Rogers Design (KRD) in 1997. Kitchen and Rogers’ projects included the Comme des Garçons store in Paris, the Al-Ostoura luxury department store in Kuwait City, and the Michel Guillon flagship store in London.