Bernard Chadebec. Intrus Sympathiques

Bernard Chadebec

Intrus Sympathiques

A small-for­mat soft­cover that arose out of a pro­ject with stu­dents of the Karl­sruhe Uni­ver­sity of Arts and De­sign brings to­gether warn­ing posters about work­place ac­ci­dents de­signed by the French artist Bernard Chade­bec be­tween 1965 and 2005 for the French Na­tional Re­search and Safety In­sti­tute (INRS). The posters, most of them brightly coloured and em­ploy­ing a for­mal lan­guage rem­i­nis­cent of Pop Art and car­toons, were once dis­played in fac­to­ries, lab­o­ra­to­ries and else­where. Now, a very con­tem­po­rary pre­sen­ta­tion makes them ac­ces­si­ble in a new way: re­pro­duced in uni­form size and folded twice, they are shaped by a thread bind­ing into a pre­cise block from which they can be in­di­vid­u­ally torn out and so used once again as (slightly per­fo­rated) posters. The book raises ques­tions not just about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween orig­i­nal and copy and chang­ing re­la­tion­ships of size, but also about how graphic de­sign ref­er­ences the en­vi­ron­ment and how its po­ten­tial im­pact varies in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions.

Camille Pageard, Bruxelles (BE)
Olivier Lebrun, Paris (FR); Urs Lehni, Zürich
Olivier Lebrun, Paris (FR); Urs Lehni, Zürich; with Phil Zumbruch, Simon Knebl, Sascia Reibel, Tatjana Stürmer, HfG Karlsruhe (DE)
Die Keure, Brugge (BE)
Rollo Press, Zürich
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