Statement and Counter-Statement
Published by Roma Publications, ‘Statement and Counter-Statement’ is the first-ever publication on the work of Experimental Jetset, documenting almost two decades of graphic design praxis. A pocket-sized paperback counting over 570 pages, the book should not be seen as monolithic monograph, but as a very loose, personal archive.
At the heart of the book are a series of textual contributions by Linda van Deursen, Mark Owens and Ian Svenonius.
Linda van Deursen’s essay consists of a sequence of short observations, reflecting on the friction between modernism and the everyday. Mark Owens explores the format of the three-piece rock band, mapping the formal and conceptual dimensions of the ‘power trio’. Ian Svenonius delivers a a 13-point program to destroy language.
The book also contains two photographic chapters featuring a selection of work by Experimental Jetset.
The paperback concludes with a index/glossary-like anthology of texts previously written by Experimental Jetset, as selected, edited and introduced by Jon Sueda. Consisting of short fragments from interviews, lecture notes, and personal correspondence, this chapter functions as a cut-up collage of ever-changing (and ever-contradicting) ways of reasoning.
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