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About
Alexis Mark is an office for research and graphic design in Copenhagen, Denmark. We are engaged with activities ranging from commissioned graphic design assignments, through self-organised autonomous projects, to design-education, exhibition-making and curating. Through cross-disciplinary collaborations we make publications, exhibitions, websites, identities, typefaces and more, primarily within the fields of art and culture. All driven by a particular interest in the concepts of language and mediation as an artistic practice and in an interdisciplinary context.
Methodically, we seek a contextual engagement with the materials and conditions of the collaborations we are involved in and find it integral to our practice to extend these conditions into the work we produce. We embrace complexity as a value and seek to display and exploit diversity, rather than to reduce it by forcing simplicity. In this way we aim to create new "linguistic systems" born from our research and criticality in exchange with all included parties.
Through this methodological approach we work both independently as an autonomous entity and engage with external commissions. In that sense Alexis Mark is a service provider both to itself and others.

Alexis Mark
Alexis Mark is educated at Yale School of Art (USA) and The Gerrit Rietveld Academie (NL).

Additionally, Alexis Mark is the founder and organizer of the exhibition– and project space Annual Reportt.

Workshops & Lectures
COMING:
2018, Jul: OTIS College of Art and Design, Workshop and Residency, Los Angeles, (USA)
PAST:
2018, Jun: Krabbesholm Højskole, Workshop and Exhibition, Skive, (DK)
2018, May: Typo Berlin, Lecture, Berlin, (DE)
2018, May: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design / KADK, Lecture, Copenhagen, (DK)
2018, Feb: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design / KADK, Workshop, Copenhagen, (DK)
2018, Feb: Desighøjskolen Højer, Workshop, (DK)
2017, Nov: Krabbesholm Højskole, Lecture, Copenhagen, (DK)
2017, Oct: KADK, Lecture, Copenhagen, (DK)
2017, Sep: Forening for Boghåndværk, Lecture, Copenhagen, (DK)
2016, Oct: Al Hoash – Palestinian Art Court, Jerusalem, (PS)
Office
Alexis Mark,
Åboulevard 44,
Ground floor

2200 Copenhagen N
Denmark

office[at]alexismark[dot]com

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(+45) 22680665

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(M)OTHER TONGUES: Exhibition & Catalogue
The exhibition (M)OTHER TONGUES at Four Boxes in Skive, Denmark was centered around an investigation of language as the foundation for a design methodology. The linguistic systems we use to designate aspects of our reality are key in its definition. From the forms of the characters in our alphabets, to the way we project the spheric globe onto a flat surface, or the anatomical representation of the human body, these visual languages are decisive in every aspect of society and culture and as their designers we are responsible for their effects.

The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue which was the result of a one week workshop by Alexis Mark with the students of Krabbesholm’s graphic design department, leading up to the opening. In the workshop and catalogue the students were invited to freely reflect on the content and themes of the exhibition and to use it as a starting point for developing visual languages of their own.

Exhibition photos by Per Andersen.
2018
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The Live Archive, a prototype
The Live Archive is an installationary medium which speculates in the simultaneous transmission and archiving of time-based work and performance art. Based on the idea of an ever subjective interpretation in registering art and an increasingly decentralised user/consumer experience, The Live Archive utilises the Internet to, through sound and still-images show and record performances in a reflexive relationship in which both the performers and the public's environment are summarised. These "actors" are both transmitted and archived in a formatted, idiosyncratic and seemingly endless stream of images and sound. The Live Archive is both an active tool for viewing and transmitting present events, as well as a passive container for the storage and reliving of past events.

The Live Archive is developed by Alexis Mark for Annual Reportt on the occasion of our participation at the Alt_Cph 18 art fair, and realised in collaboration with a series of invited artists and collaborators from Denmark and abroad. The contributions of these collaborators was broadcasted continuously throughout the fair. Between these performances, parts of the fair’s other activities were transmitted through the platform into the Internet. In this way, contributors who were not physically present were allowed input in the fair, while in turn the fair itself was made available for viewing outside of its physical premises.
In collaboration with fanfare, KLD Repro and Sabine Kongsted.

Website is live here
2018


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When Saints Go Machine: It's a Mad Love
Website and art direction for the release of the 2018 EP It's A Mad Love by When Saints Go Machine.

Website is live here
2018
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Strangely Familiar: Spacial Design Lecture Series
Poster for a lecture series at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art's School of Design
2018
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Immanuel Kant: Oplysning, Historie, Fremskridt
A collection of Immanuel Kant's historical philosophical texts. Edited by Morten Haugaard Jeppesen, Carsten Fogh Nielsen, Christoffer Basse Eriksen og Eva Krause Jørgensen. Published by Forlaget Slagmark.
2017
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Huset for Kunst & Design
Identity, posters and catalogues for Huset for Kunst & Design. Huset for Kunst & Design is an exhibition, dissemination, production and knowledge center for new art and design. It serves as space for interaction between proffessional artists and designers, primarely through the realisations of exhibitions, talks and other events. Curated by Anna Bak.
2017
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Den Russiske Revolution
Edited by Mikkel Flohr, Benjamin Ask Popp-Madsen, Kasper Mikael Jacek & Mathias Hein Jessen. Published by Forlaget Slagmark.

51 texts from the Russian revolution with short contextualising introductory texts by the editors, comprehensive timelines and a glossary that supports the reader in understanding the primary texts of the revolution.
2017
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Perspecta 50: Urban Divides
Perspecta: The Yale Architectural Journal is published yearly by Yale University and MIT Press.

In texts, images, and studio projects, Perspecta 50 explores broad questions facing urbanism and architecture today, including the effect on urban housing of migration and the blurred boundaries between the formal and informal city. The contributors—architects, urbanists, and academics—identify and critique distinct urban typologies and architectural devices used globally to divide. Among the contributions are Dana Cuff’s essay on spatial politics in Los Angeles, Jenny Holzer’s reminiscence of guerilla art in the 1970s and 1980s, Gary McDonough’s investigation of “soft portals” in global Chinatowns, and Studio Gang’s vision of “Polis Station.” Perspecta 50 invites readers to question the inevitability and ubiquity of urban divides. Perspecta 50 is edited by Meghan McAllister and Mahdi Sabbagh.
2017
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Curatorium
Promotional posters for festival Curatorium.

Can the story of an event create the events own reality? Curatorium is a non-event celebrated on an annual basis, through which the presentation of a number of new works by Danish and international composers and sound artists are experimenting with the relationship between narrative and artwork. Curatorium is interested in the narrative battle as a range of opportunities for work creation between physical – and imaginary reality. Curatorium is curated by Niels Lyhne Lykkegaard
2016—2017
Julie Riis Andersen
Website for the Danish artist Julie Riis Andersen. Julie Riis Andersen works across print, sound, text, design, drawing, site-specific projects and interdisciplinary research.

The website is live here.
2018
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Exhibition: Sportification & Yes Yes Yes
Curation and communication of the exhibition Sportification & Yes Yes Yes at Annual Reportt.

The exhibition combines and unfolds collected original materials from two research projects initiated by Viaindustriae publishing and COLLI Independent in Rome. In extension to the subjects of these, the exhibition featured (new) works contributed by: Federico Antonini & Alessio D’Ellena (IT), Studio Atlant (DK), Bart de Baets (NL), Giandomenico Carpentieri (IT), Prill Vieceli Cremers (CH), Dallas (IT), Emilie Ferrat (FR), Moonsick Gang (KR/US), Ben Ganz (CH/US), Till Gathmann (DE), Rudy Guedj (FR/NL), Studio Hato (GB), Will Holder (GB), Experimental Jetset (NL), Pauline Kerleroux & Adéla Svobodová (CZ), Maziyar Pahlevan (IR/US), Clemens Piontek (DE/CH), Regular Practice (DK/UK), Shared-Space (BG/KR), Dexter Sinister (US/GB), Batia Suter (CH/NL), Wrong Studio (DK).
2017
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Funen Art Academy: Third Year Exhibition
Poster/catalogue for the Third Year Exhibition of Funen Art Academy, 2017 curated by Nanna Stjernholm Jepsen. A basement in Pantheonsgade in the centre of Odense served as the odd premises for the exhibition, which marked the end of the students’ undergraduate programme. Installation/exhibition photo courtesey of David Stjernholm.
2017

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Designhøjskolen Højer
Visual language developed for the Danish highschool for design, Designhøjskolen Højer located in the southern part of Denmark, near the natural reserve Vadehavet.
2017
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Hannah Arendt: Vi Flygtninge (We Refugees)
The first Danish translation of the essay We Refugees by Hannah Arendt, translated and with postface and epilogue by Mikkel Flohr.

Vi Flygtninge (We Refugees) is not only a depiction of the horrid situation of being a refugee. It is also a political analysis of said situation. Hannah Arendt’s essay shows that the situation of the Jewish refugees was not just a random series of personal tragedies, but a systematic political phenomenon. Her analysis shows the double meaning of being a refugee: On the one hand they revealed the fundamental shortcomings of the political system. On the other, they pointed towards the possibilities of an existence beyond these limitations. Hannah Arendt points out that the Jews were amongst the first to be persecuted and expelled, but they were far from being the last: National minorities, political dissidents and subsequently entire peoples have met a similar fate, during and after World War II. Vi Flygtninge is published by Forlaget Slagmark.
2016
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IMO: Artist Run Gallery
This retrospective print on demand book/PDF edited by Toke Lykkeberg is a 500 pages collection of exhibitions and events from the Copenhagen based artist run Gallery, IMO which existed for five years. The book comes in a variety of different covers and can be purchased HERE.
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Lean Issues
Identity, posters and website for the exhibition Lean Issues in Kyoto, Japan.

Lean Issues took place at Kyoto Art Center, Japan and celebrated the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Japan featuring the artists; Bank & Rau, Henrik Menné, Jacob Kirkegaard, Molly Haslund, Pernille Kapper Williams, Thorbjørn Bechmann, Torben Ribe, Tove Storch and Tumi Magnusson.

The website is live HERE.
2017
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August Rosenbaum: Vista
Album and a series of single-releases for the conceptual album Vista by Danish composer and pianist August Rosenbaum. Released by Tambourhinoceros.
2017
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Exhibition: Meanwhile, in Time
Curation and communication of the exhibition Meanwhile, in Time at Annual Reportt, 2017.

Meanwhile, in Time was a group exhibition featuring works by a series of artists and designers from USA, The Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, France and Denmark. Despite their differing origins, varying observations and intentions, the presented works were bound together by a relation to the concept of time and its possible mediations. Through different perspectives, the show confronts us with the consequences of the conception of time: parts of what we experience as the passing of time and its impact on our orientation within it.

Participants: Ronja Andersen (DK/NL), Tim Enthoven (US/NL), Joshua Graver (US), Ayşe Köklü (TR/UK), Olof Olsson (DK), Sasha Portis (US), Clément Rouzaud (FR/CH), Maria Trenkel (CH), Olya Troitskaya (RU/UK).
2017
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Shila Gaonkar: Accident
Book and website for fashion designer Shila Gaonkar and her project Accident. The work is an exploration of gender and aims towards finding a third place between “boxes”, bodies, norms and genders, pushing the boundaries between awkwardness and perfection.
2016
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Frothing, Foaming and Teeming
Visual identity for the exhibition and bookrelease of Frothing, Foaming & Teeming by Danish artist Asbjørn Skou, both realised at Annual Reportt, Copenhagen. The exhibition serves as a temporary physical index for the publication; the borders between the two porous, as their narratives and figures infiltrate and betray each other. Their story unfolds as fragments of ontological disaster-sites discharged by capitalism in a climate-chaotic age, where uncanny fictions infest geography and sprout visceral monsters, and radical otherness may be a way to resist inside the catastrophe.
2017
Turi Heisselberg
Website for Danish ceramics artist Turi Heisselberg Pedersen. The website is set in our custom typeface Bodil. The website is live HERE.
2017
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