Sophie Krier Field Essayshark

For the publication series, I intuitively match an emerging designer whose work appeals to me, with an artist or thinker in order to create an interesting conversation. In doing so, we move back and forth between fieldwork and reflection: new work might be produced, or new insights.

In parallel to the publication, I write notes and make drawings about the collaboration process, in an effort to articulate the underlying motives, implications and connections within the practices of the protagonists.

In this way, every issue is a renewed attempt at formulating a visual grammar of artistic research. Ultimately, Field Essays strives to emancipate the creative process from its instrumentalised position. Therefore, the frontiers of design are the search territory — where imaginative tactics and territories are being tested.

Current issue:

Things that happened. An exclusive book about the wonderful work of emerging Icelandic designer Brynjar Sigurðarson, and his curious encounter with anthropologist Tim Ingold. Includes a foreword by design visionary Li Edelkoort. Edited by design researcher Sophie Krier and graphic design studio ÉricandMarie. Included in this book are: a conversation with anthropologist Tim Ingold on the origin of things, as well as a 12-inch vinyl for which Sigurðarson has collected, recorded, and mixed stories on musical soundscapes. A selection of previously unpublished drawings and writings will thrill amateurs of hand-made details, myths, darkness, isolation, micro-history, memory, stones, animals and supernatural.

Past issues:

Every Object Contains An Image juxtaposes the work of designer Jonathan Muecke (USA) and the work of artist Bas Princen (NL). With his photographs, Princen recomposes built and un-built landscapes — revealing their mindblowing oddities. On the other hand, the core motive of Muecke’s design practice is “to retain potential in an object”. Muecke’s bold artifacts function as probes that venture into the realm of our perception — attempting to detect its hidden mechanisms. Both create visual propositions that “make room” — thereby making room for another reading of the world. Included in this issue are a Manual by Muecke and a Reference Booklet by Princen, printed in a numbered edition.

Pick of Sticks Embodied brings together the work of design duo LucyandBart (AU/NL) and philosopher Marek Pokropski (PL). Lucyandbart work close to the body, and their working process is erratic and impulsive; they generate ambiguous images that depict our skin as a an interface between our self and the world. Marek Pokropski introduces a philosophical framework in an essay about our embodied perception of the world.  Past Field Essays workshops have been commissioned by a.o. Icelandic Academy of Art and Design (IS), Bolzano University (I), Cranbrook Academy (USA) and Vanabbe Museum  (NL).

Self-initiated research (2008-ongoing). Supported by the Professorship of Art and Public Space, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, the CBK Onderzoek & Ontwikkeling (Research & Development) grant & The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Realized in partnership with Onomatopee, Utrecht Manifest No. 4  Biennale of Social Design, the Sandberg Instituut / Studio for Immediate Spaces. Graphic design by Andreas Tscholl (issue zero) & Ericandmarie (issue one).

new issue

This new issue looks into the work of Icelandic designer Brynjar Sigurðarson.

Instinctively bridging the fields of design and anthropology, industrial manufacturing and craftsmanship, Sigurðarson has built an animated body of work over the past five years. His way of working can perhaps best be compared to the attitude of a hunter on a constant lookout for the unusual, becoming one with the very world he’s studying.

Included in this issue are a personal foreword by Li Edelkoort, an exclusive conversation with anthropologist Tim Ingold, and a 12 inch vinyl record with stories collected, told and illustrated by Sigurðarson. A selection of previously unpublished drawings and writings will thrill amateurs of hand-made details, myths, darkness, isolation, micro-history, memory, stones, animals, and the supernatural.



Brynjar Sigurðarson (IS) works between Berlin and Lausanne, where he teaches Design research at the Masters department of École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) since 2O11. Sigurðarson received the Grand Prix of Design Parade 6, hosted by villa Noailles (FR), in 2O12. He has exhibited and lectured internationally, among others at Design Indaba (RSA), Sandberg Institut (NL) and MAK Vienna (AUT). Commissioners include porcelain manufacturer Sèvres (FR), glass research centre CIRVA (FR), Camper (ES), Spark Design Space (IS) and Galerie kréo (FR). www.biano.is

Brynjar Sigurðarson, 2O12, photography Sebastian Ziegler.

Tim Ingold (UK) is currently Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. He writes and teaches on issues on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. Design affiliated books by his hand include Lines: A Brief History (2OO7), Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description (2O11) and Making: anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture (2O13). www.abdn.ac.uk

Tim Ingold discussing Stones, a set of porcelain
made by Brynjar Sigurðarson.

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