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Davey Whitcraft: Based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Working across various mediums.

Blair Drive, Hollywood Hills. LightJet print from Google satellite view, 60x40 cm. 2014.

Blair Drive, Hollywood Hills. LightJet print from Google satellite view, 60x40 cm. 2014.

Printed in Dark and Stormy V, a zine from Bart de Baets and Rustan Söderling. 2014. My contribution was the above image (ship) and the following caption:

June 29, 1998, Salton Sea: The captain has fallen ill from scurvey and fat consumption, I just said ‘too much butter and not enough limes’ and you know what that means!! The captain told me I had a good head on my shoulders and put me in charge of the wheel. I get all the ginger ale I want and have the best view on the boat. Most of the passengers are with the North England Mafia. They transport Beanie Babies from the villages of Jordan to the upper crust hills of British society. Their main patrons are the Harrods family. I think they are also planning to ‘drown Saddam in a sea of artificial soda’. I don’t know how they are going to accomplish this, Saddam probably doesn’t drink soda

$1/minute design: TYPO SF

50% OFF SALE ACT NOW WE SPECIALIZE IN EVERYTHING, a participatory event during Typo SF 2014, San Francisco.

$1/Minute Design is an initiative founded in 2010 by Ana Llorente and Davey Whitcraft. It is motivated by a desire to strip the act of designing of its perceived elite status. $1/Minute design aims to situate the design studio in the community in which it operates by creating public access to design. The initiative offers design to the public in a model more familiar to a store. Clients are invited to walk in the studio door and hire a designer on the spot, at the moment, for $1/Minute. Clients can generally expect to receive the design the same day.

For this edition of $1/Minute we installed a working studio in the lobby of TypoSF. Ana Llorente, Emi Tamaru and I, along with various guests  worked each day during the conference on commissions from conference visitors. We picked a student from the audience’s name from a hat at the end of the conference and gave them the proceeds. Below you can listen to the jingle we made for this event. Studio built by Steve Brindmore. Photos by Amber Gregory.

I acted as curator of the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht graphic design thesis exhibition in 2014. This exhibition was notable as evidence that the borders of graphic design are expanding, not only into art, but also into performance, writing, research and more. I made a booklet that contains my introduction essay and gallery layout. Printed on Risograph with leftover paper from Rob Stolk. Dutch translation by Simona Kicurovska and Kirsten Algera.
Wat betekenen de grafisch ontwerpen in deze tentoonstelling?
Zijn ze herkbaar als grafisch ontwerp? Is dat noodzekelijk?
Passen de installaties en performances in deze tentoonstelling in de context van hedendaags grafisch ontwerpen?
De grenzen van grafisch ontwerp zijn in beweging; richting kunst,maar ook richting onderzoek, schrijven, cureren, activisme en zelfswetenschap. Daarbij kan je jeafvragen: waarom zijn die grenzen aanhet verschuiven? Hebben grafisch ontwerpers ambities die hunopdrachtoverstijgen? Zijn grafisch ontwerpers stiekem kunstenaars, -schrijvers en -wetenschappers? Of willen ze graag ietsanders doen? In deze tentoonstelling zie je grafisch ontwerpers die eenuitstapjemaken naar andere domeinen; als tijdelijke bezoekers, als amateurs enonderzoekers. Gedurende dietijdelijke excursie verandert hun rol vanontwerper in opdrachtgever; ze zijn auteur van hun autonome werk.Dezetentoonstelling kan dan ook gezien worden als een voorbeeld van hetverlangen van ontwerpers om hun focuste verschuiven: van aandachtvoor vorm, naar het (inzichtelijk maken van) de ontwikkeling vaneigen werkmethodes. De tentoonstelling toont diverseverschijningsvormen van het onderzoek dat de deelnemers hebbengedaan: installaties, verzamelingen, reproducties en meer. Zijn detentoongestelde objecten het beginpunt van het ontwerp-proces? Ofzijn ze juist het eindresultaat? De deelnemers hebben grafischontwerp ingezet als een expressie van hunbevindingen en onderzoek. Maar wat zegt dit over de toekomst van grafisch ontwerpen?

I acted as curator of the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht graphic design thesis exhibition in 2014. This exhibition was notable as evidence that the borders of graphic design are expanding, not only into art, but also into performance, writing, research and more. I made a booklet that contains my introduction essay and gallery layout. Printed on Risograph with leftover paper from Rob Stolk. Dutch translation by Simona Kicurovska and Kirsten Algera.

Wat betekenen de grafisch ontwerpen in deze tentoonstelling?

Zijn ze herkbaar als grafisch ontwerp? Is dat noodzekelijk?

Passen de installaties en performances in deze tentoonstelling in de context van hedendaags grafisch ontwerpen?

De grenzen van grafisch ontwerp zijn in beweging; richting kunst,maar ook richting onderzoek, schrijven, cureren, activisme en zelfswetenschap. Daarbij kan je jeafvragen: waarom zijn die grenzen aanhet verschuiven? Hebben grafisch ontwerpers ambities die hunopdrachtoverstijgen? Zijn grafisch ontwerpers stiekem kunstenaars, -schrijvers en -wetenschappers? Of willen ze graag ietsanders doen? In deze tentoonstelling zie je grafisch ontwerpers die eenuitstapjemaken naar andere domeinen; als tijdelijke bezoekers, als amateurs enonderzoekers. Gedurende dietijdelijke excursie verandert hun rol vanontwerper in opdrachtgever; ze zijn auteur van hun autonome werk.Dezetentoonstelling kan dan ook gezien worden als een voorbeeld van hetverlangen van ontwerpers om hun focuste verschuiven: van aandachtvoor vorm, naar het (inzichtelijk maken van) de ontwikkeling vaneigen werkmethodes. De tentoonstelling toont diverseverschijningsvormen van het onderzoek dat de deelnemers hebbengedaan: installaties, verzamelingen, reproducties en meer. Zijn detentoongestelde objecten het beginpunt van het ontwerp-proces? Ofzijn ze juist het eindresultaat? De deelnemers hebben grafischontwerp ingezet als een expressie van hunbevindingen en onderzoek. Maar wat zegt dit over de toekomst van grafisch ontwerpen?

'1px’. Isolation of one pixel from the film ‘Cool Hand Luke’. Video and audio, variable size.

Otis College of Art and Design, T-shirt ‘Elevating Art Since 1918’.

Otis College of Art and Design, T-shirt ‘Elevating Art Since 1918’.

My friends are making a film that whose narrative rearranges with each viewing: http://stepsthefilm.com. I made this little poster calling for participants.

My friends are making a film that whose narrative rearranges with each viewing: http://stepsthefilm.com. I made this little poster calling for participants.

Graphic design for Otis MFA mentorship announcements.

Souvenirs from the Four (plus) Ecologies: Los Angeles Souvenir workshop with Otis MFA Graphic Design students, Stefan Schäfer and Davey Whitcraft, 2014.

 This workshop aimeed to convey meaning and mood of Los Angeles using design ;from personal perspective of workshop participants. Students will create their own ‘truths’ about the city, and give form to the findings.

Participants were asked to give their perspectives on an LA location, event, person(s), idea, local tradition and/or culture, time period or object. The outcomes should question the notion of a souvenir. Students engaged with Los Angeles culture through theoretical texts on Los Angeles, image representation, tourism/souvenirs and fictional texts set in Los Angeles. The workshop culminated in a mobile souvenir shop that presented the work of the participants on the Venice beach boardwalk, among other souvenir stands.

THIS WILL DESTROY THAT!  Poster exhibition at Design Matters gallery Los Angeles. Curated by Davey Whitcraft. 2013.
 
'Under the form of printing, thought is more imperishable than ever; it is volatile, intangible, indestructible; it mingles with the very air. In the reign of architecture it became a mountain, and took forceful possession of an era, of a country. Now it is transformed into a flock of birds, scattering to the four winds and filling the whole air and space.'  -Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
 
Over time, the poster has gone from a vital and thriving means of public address in American cities to a communicative device that is largely used by commercial media conglomerates, if at all. The rise of the automobile has affected the poster’s viability in contemporary cities, especially one as car-centric as Los Angeles. Angeleno’s interact with the city primarily within their cars where windshield glass mediates and frames our view, speed dissolves our periphery; where posters on walls are far from view.  
 
THIS WILL DESTROY THAT! asked artists to create a work that discusses the culture of ‘posters’ in Los Angeles. The exhibition will explore the city’s paradoxical relationship not only with public space but also the poster’s place, meaning, and relevance within it.

Artists: Sean Donahue, Anja Groten, Simon Johnston, Geoff Kaplan+Gail Swanlund, Greg Lindy, Henri Lucas, Euan Macdonald, Machine Projects, Chandler Mcwilliams, Christian Moeller, Francois Perrin, Johanna Reed, Pascual Sisto, Jon Sueda, Hazel Mandujano, Pae White

This was RE-interVIEW Case 03  recorded and edited by Willem Augustus, Los Angeles, 2013. RE-interVIEW is a series of 10 recordings based on interviews with culturally important HERO’s from the past. Willem Augustus is a collaboration between designers/artists Willem Henri lucas & David Augustus Whitcraft.

This was RE-interVIEW Case 03  recorded and edited by Willem Augustus, Los Angeles, 2013. RE-interVIEW is a series of 10 recordings based on interviews with culturally important HERO’s from the past. Willem Augustus is a collaboration between designers/artists Willem Henri lucas & David Augustus Whitcraft.

This was RE-interVIEW Case 01 recorded and edited by Willem Augustus, Los Angeles, 2013. RE-interVIEW is a series of 10 recordings based on interviews with culturally important HERO’s from the past. Willem Augustus is a collaboration between designers/artists Willem Henri lucas & David Augustus Whitcraft.

This was RE-interVIEW Case 01 recorded and edited by Willem Augustus, Los Angeles, 2013. RE-interVIEW is a series of 10 recordings based on interviews with culturally important HERO’s from the past. Willem Augustus is a collaboration between designers/artists Willem Henri lucas & David Augustus Whitcraft.

This was RE-interVIEW Case 02  recorded and edited by Willem Augustus, Los Angeles, 2013. RE-interVIEW is a series of 10 recordings based on interviews with culturally important HERO’s from the past. Willem Augustus is a collaboration between designers/artists Willem Henri lucas & David Augustus Whitcraft.

This was RE-interVIEW Case 02  recorded and edited by Willem Augustus, Los Angeles, 2013. RE-interVIEW is a series of 10 recordings based on interviews with culturally important HERO’s from the past. Willem Augustus is a collaboration between designers/artists Willem Henri lucas & David Augustus Whitcraft.

Stefan Schäfer and I were invited to conduct a workshop at Sint Lucas Antwerp in 2013. We were interested in connecting the student designers personal standpoints on Antwerp with their design practice. One student took the opportunity to create a series of graphic interventions that expressed his position on the mayor, view his outcome above: The recently elected mayor has decided to make changes to the policies. With adding new fines and rules, like the prohibition of throwing snowballs, the new rule about city employees who can’t wear rainbow shirts or signs anymore because he believes in normalisation. He commented on rap music as if it is a stepstone to crime for young people, the situation is actually the contrary for most. I decided to give these things a spin.
Is Antwerp F**ked?
Workshop for Sint Lucas Antwerp Graphic Design Department

In his talk ‘Is Earth F**ked?’ at a Geophysics conference in San Francisco, researcher Brad Werner uses predictive environmental modeling to show that capitalism has a negative influence on earth’s environment and culture. Capitalism relies on fast and smooth transactions (trade, communications, resource management). This model fails in the long-term, therefore is not sustainable.
This workshop adapts the above idea to a local context, to ANTWERP. The workshop asks what design students in Antwerp can do to resist the effects of short-term thinking – in the LOCAL context of your choice – culture, economy, politics, anything you find interesting. Students will propose any medium that they deem most useful in their counter-action, from FIRE to SOCIAL ACTION to COMPUTER VIRUS PROGRAMMING, anything is possible. 

Stefan Schäfer and I were invited to conduct a workshop at Sint Lucas Antwerp in 2013. We were interested in connecting the student designers personal standpoints on Antwerp with their design practice. One student took the opportunity to create a series of graphic interventions that expressed his position on the mayor, view his outcome above: The recently elected mayor has decided to make changes to the policies. With adding new fines and rules, like the prohibition of throwing snowballs, the new rule about city employees who can’t wear rainbow shirts or signs anymore because he believes in normalisation. He commented on rap music as if it is a stepstone to crime for young people, the situation is actually the contrary for most. I decided to give these things a spin.

Is Antwerp F**ked?

Workshop for Sint Lucas Antwerp Graphic Design Department

In his talk ‘Is Earth F**ked?’ at a Geophysics conference in San Francisco, researcher Brad Werner uses predictive environmental modeling to show that capitalism has a negative influence on earth’s environment and culture. Capitalism relies on fast and smooth transactions (trade, communications, resource management). This model fails in the long-term, therefore is not sustainable.

This workshop adapts the above idea to a local context, to ANTWERP. The workshop asks what design students in Antwerp can do to resist the effects of short-term thinking – in the LOCAL context of your choice – culture, economy, politics, anything you find interesting. Students will propose any medium that they deem most useful in their counter-action, from FIRE to SOCIAL ACTION to COMPUTER VIRUS PROGRAMMING, anything is possible.