Fillip 15 — Fall 2011

WikiLeaks: Axis of Reputation

Fillip is pleased to announce the release of WikiLeaks: Axis of Reputation by the Amsterdam-based research design studio Metahaven.

Released in conjunction with Fillip 15, WikiLeaks: Axis of Reputation maps the “soft power relations” of the whistleblower Web site WikiLeaks though its interactions with various media, corporate, and governmental actors. The work is part of Metahaven’s ongoing Transparency, Inc. project (2010–), a research effort investigating the image politics of transparency. Transparency, Inc. began through an attempt to outline the constantly fluctuating image economy of (and potential alternative visual representations for) WikiLeaks. It has since evolved with the aim of addressing the issue of transparency more generally.

The map is being distributed as a free newsprint poster at select bookstores and as a downloadable file (16meg JPEG). Two-colour Newspaper
, 33 × 22.75 in.

Available locations:
Artspeak, Vancouver
Golden Age, Chicago
Kadist, San Francisco
Motto Books, Berlin & Vancouver
Ooga Booga, Los Angeles
S/F, Auckland

WikiLeaks: Axis of Reputation was curated by Jeff Khonsary and realized with the help of Fillip staff members. An earlier version of the map was shown at the 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale, Gwangju Korea. Special thanks to Joseph del Pesco and Devon Bella.

More About the Project

Smashing Windows with Windows
Metahaven in conversation with Jeff Khonsary


About the Author

Metahaven is a studio for design and research founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden. Metahaven’s work—both commissioned and self-directed—reflects political and social issues in provocative graphic design objects. In 2010, Metahaven authored Uncorporate Identity, a book on politics and visual identity, published by Lars Müller. Solo exhibitions include Affiche Frontière, CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (2008); and Stadtstaat, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart/Casco (2009). 
In 2011, Metahaven was selected by Rolling Stone Italia as one of the world’s 20 most promising design studios.

Daniel van der Velden is a Senior Critic at Yale University’s MFA program in graphic design. He is a tutor at the design department of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam and has lectured at the University of Amsterdam School of Media Studies.

Vinca Kruk teaches Editorial Design 
at ArtEZ Academy of the Arts, Arnhem, and graphic design at Otis College of Arts and Design, Los Angeles.

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