Visual appearance for documenta 14 in Athens
documenta 14 took place in two cities:
Athens and Kassel.
Vier5 was responsible for the visual
appearance of the exhibition in Athens.
The project’s first part was to order and structure
a city, which is lively but overwhelmingly noisy,
through “camouflaging” hydrant signages, which
subtly surfaced over time to take their place in this
city. Its second part was to give attention to the
actual exhibitions, while also providing helpful
structures, which reached from functional local
navigations for the audience to full flown
autonomous label systems, that adapted to
the exhibitions and their artworks.
In both cases we emphasised a democratic
approach, which meant to make sure that the life
in the city itself, as well as its visitors on location,
had an influence on the design and course of our
projects. The way the design system was set up,
allowed for the individual elements to be moved,
changed, or stolen, allowing them to continue
in other contexts, and into the future, not letting
them be limited to the show’s 100 days’ run.
1. APPEARANCE INSIDE
2. APPEARANCE OUTSIDE
3. PRINTED MATTER
>MAKING OF: MARBLES