Current research projects
Designer as Archivist, Archivist as Designer. How to build and design a collections management system.
Arcanist as Designer and Becoming the Archiving Machine. An Essay for the book, Order/ReOrder, Archives as Effervescent Bodies by Tom Finn
Selected research projects
Neubau Forst Catalogue
‘Neubau Forst Catalogue’ is a collection of detailed silhouettes of urban trees and separate tree sculptures. In years of manual work, using a method developed especially for this project, these details have been digitally removed from their original urban surroundings in Berlin. The materials are distinguished by their extent, outstanding quality of detail, and excellent resolution of the usual auto-traced digital tree library.
Neubau Forst Catalogue is the 432-page print catalogue of a digital collection of tree silhouettes and sculptures seen at different seasons. Working by hand, the Neubau designers digitally removed the trees from their original Berlin surroundings and thereby crafted a body of visual material whose scope, outstanding quality of detail and excellent image resolution sets it clearly apart from conventional tree libraries compiled with auto-tracing tools. The trees, which were systematically photographed in summer and winter over several years, assume a timeless validity through Neubau's process of selection and are thus universally applicable for future visualizations. From the existing stand-alone tree objects, which can be placed against both dark and light backgrounds of all kinds, Neubau has furthermore derived individual "tree modules". These modules can be combined with the ready-to-use trees in an endless number of ways. Alongside detailed information about tree species, size, location, year of planting and file format, the catalogue contains also numerous impressive examples of how these images can be used. The corresponding Neubau Forst Archive, consisting of 683 individual elements, is the digital library of which architects, designers, graphic designers and illustrators have previously only dreamed. Each book contains an individual download code that guarantees you an exclusive discount of 25% on purchases from the data archive in the standard image (TIFF) and vector (EPS) format.
Neubau Forst Catalogue, Neubau Berlin.
Gandl, S. Ganz, B. Grünberger, C. P, Heys. D, Cottis. (2014), Neubau Berlin, Neubau Forst Catalogue, Zurich: Lars Müller Publishers. ISBN. 3037784350, 9783037784358
Neubau Berlin, (2014), Neubau Forst, Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York, USA.
Gandl, S. Ganz, B. Grünberger, C. Heys, P. (2014), Neubau Forst — Five Years in the Forest. Guest Lecture conducted from University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK
Gandl, S. Ganz, B. Grünberger, C. Heys, P. (2014), Neubau Forst — Five Years in the Forest. Guest Lecture conducted from Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
Gandl, S. Ganz, B. Grünberger, C. Heys, P. (2014), Neubau Forst— Five Years in the Forest. Guest Lecture conducted from London College of Communication, University of Arts London, London, UK
Archive of Nothingness (AON)
AON (The Archive of Nothingness), which addresses the connections between histories of art and graphic design and the role, influence and ‘authority’ of archives, archivists, exhibitions and curators. It uses the medium of a Tumblr weblog which functions self-reflexively and critically, providing a vehicle for data collection while simultaneously as an ongoing and potentially infinite piece of ‘living’ research.
Powell, Anna and Heys, Paul (2014) Introducing the Archive of Nothingness (AON) – a co-curated digital archive and live research project. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 7 (3). pp. 505-510. ISSN 17535190
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