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Shortlist Amsterdam

Restaurant- kookboek

Client: Floor & Famke van Praag

Selected for Best Book Design 2016 / Stichting Best Verzorgde Boeken / Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 2017

http://www.bestverzorgdeboeken.nl/nl/

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Cauchy Horizons – Martine Stig

Concept & Photography: Martine Stig, 2013
Editor: Frank van der Stok
Essays: Nav Haq (curator Muhka, Antwerp) and Peter Delpeut (writer / filmmaker)
Publisher: Kodoji Press (Baden, Switzerland)

Black holes have a ‘point of no return’ beyond which nothing comes back, not even light can escape. In physics these so called outer and inner event horizons are considered as gateways to the future and as bridges into parallel universes. The phenomena are so strange that it comes as no surprise that science fiction was needed to present us visions of the future and possible new worlds. In Cauchy Horizons Martine Stig investigates the visual language of science fiction cinema as ‘gravitational force’ of our collective imagination.Landmark sci-fi films ranging from Voyage dans la lune, Metropolis and La jettée to A Space Odyssey, Solaris and Videodrome, present patterns of symmetry, birds eyes perspectives, double projections, grids, screens, circles, pipes and lines and other aesthetic forms and figures (such as sleeping and running humans) that have shaped our image of the future.

www.martinestig.com
www.vdstok.com

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Gerard Fieret (1924-2009)

Client: Focus Publishing, 2010
Author: Frans van Burkom
Monograph of Dutch photographer Gerard Fieret

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Ante

Client: Martine Stig / Motive Gallery, 2010
Envelope, with 9 photos and little booklet
Photography: Gert Jan van Rooij
www.martinestig.com
www.motivegallery.nl

Grouped around the protagonist in the image are children of the same age. To the left and right of the main figure we can see smart dresses, neat pullovers, starched (bow) ties and glimpses of these items. The chosen child is controlled in an unnatural looking manner by an upper arm, a tigh or a belly. Only a little can be seen of the setting; it looks unaccustomedly official. It is a set up you recognise, you can remember the accompanying feeling, the photographically frozen tension, the baited breath of those around you while the group portrait was taken. Later on, people often litterally refer to the annual class photo when the child has grown up to be a famous boxer or a politician, an opera singer or a notorious criminal. A circle like a halo is then drawn around their head on that faded group shot. Because, if you are famous, people zoom in…
To underline the zoom in, the literal cutout, all portraits are printed on loose cards. They’re inserted in an envelope, together with a small unfold textbooklet.

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Eigenlijk eigentijds / De Nederlandsche Bank

Client: De Nederlandsche Bank, 2007
Choice of works: Alexander Strengers
Nomination Art Directors Club Nederland (ADCN) 2008

Catalogue with a selection of work of the art collection of De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB. Consisting of more than 1,200 works of art representing a variety of disciplines and styles, the collection offers a good overview of leading trends in contemporary art. It includes works by Marlène Dumas, Celine van Balen, Bas Meerman, Matthew Monahan, Michael Raedecker, Michael Kirkham en Kiki Lamers.
The grid of the design (page numbers & cover) is inspired on the design of the former bank-note of the dutch Guilder (on which De Nederlandsche Bank had the monopoly of distribution) and are printed with gold ink.

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Any resemblance to existing persons is purely coincidental
Stories of Mr. Wood

Client: own initiative, in collaboration with Martine Stig, essay: Maria Barnas
Year: 2004–2006
Publisher: Revolver, Frankfurt
Presentation: Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, with Norman Klein (California
Institute of the Arts, L.A.), 2006
Purchased by: Nederlands Fotomuseum, 2008

In this project, Van Dam and Stig investigate the conventions of telling a story. Starting point is the classical way of telling a story – the Hollywood way – and how this construction determines the way we put the things we see and experience in order. The project consists of telling two different versions of one story. One set in Los Angeles (Hollywood) and one in Mumbai (Bollywood). The story is formed by pieces of documented reality, obtained by following a self-made method, arranged by the rules of a classic (Hollywood) story.

This method consists of a set of rules telling us day by day what to do to gain information. It is an almost scientific method of visualizing our way of looking and experiencing. The first day we find out what Mr Wood looks like, the second day where he works, the third where he lives. The following days we focus on his social life, his dreams, and his memories, etc. Within ten days a character is formed. Obviously, the Los Angeles scenario and the Mumbai one unfold differently. We asked Maria Barnas to write an essay, narrating the point of view of Mr Wood. The book has been presented at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam in 2006.

Norman Klein

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam

www.martinestig.com/

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Getting the Picture

Client: Museum Jan Cunen / Edwin Jacobs, 2005
Publisher: Terra
Best Designed Books 2006, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Survey of the work of New York based photographer Jon Naar who became famous in the seventies of the former century with his pictures of graffiti in New York. He also made pictures of the New York art scene in the sixties/seventies (Andy Warhol, Christo), architecture (Barragan) and design (Marcel Breuer, Knoll).

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Dat museum is een mijnheer

The history of the Van Abbe-museum 1936–2003, René Pingen
Publisher: Artimo / Van Abbe museum, 2005

Graduation study of René Pingen (now director of Stedelijk museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch) about the five directors of the Van Abbe Museum. Each chapter describes the policy of one director. Each director worked at the time with their own graphic designer. Every chapter is about one director and I ‘quoted’ the style of the specific graphic designer who worked for the museum at that time (for example Wim Crouwel). By using different paper, typefaces, grids, use of image, foot-notes, etc. there occurs a different style in every chapter that shows the ‘zeitgeist’ of a certain period. In fact the book consists of five different books.

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Biografie van de vaarweg Lemmer-Delfzijl

84 Biografen schrijven Biografie van de vaarweg Lemmer-Delfzijl
Vanessa van Dam & Sjaak Langenberg
Publisher: Noordboek, 2006

In this project Sjaak Langenberg and I teamed up to create a biography of the channel between Lemmer and Delfzijl, in one day: September 1, 2006. We invited 84 ‘biographers’, famous and non-famous writers, to sit along the bank of the long channel and write a biography in one day. All these 84 stories together create the biography. Among them: K. Schippers, Dirk van Weelden, Vincent Bijlo, Joris van Casteren, Atte Jongstra, Hans Aarsman, Joyce Roodnat, Marjoleine de Vos and Maria Barnas.

“Het leukste boek dat ik dit jaar in handen heb gehad.” Wim Brands, De Avonden, VPRO

“Een droom van een idee.” K. Schippers, Met het Oog op Morgen, 31 augustus 2006

http://www.sjaaklangenberg.nl/

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Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst

The Royal Awards for Painting are presented each year by the King (in 2004 it was still the Queen). They were first introduced by King William III in 1871 as an incentive to talented young painters. Queen Emma, Queen Wilhelmina, Queen Juliana, Queen Beatrix and now King Willem-Alexander, have kept up the tradition to this day. To show the different scales of each painting (which is normally hard to experience in publications, even when measurements are mentioned), I placed them in the different rooms of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. As well as information about the paintings and the artist, you get also information about the history of the Palace.

www.paleisamsterdam.nl
www.martinestig.com