Fax me! so+ba exhibit their Desktop project in Tokyo

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Published:  June 21, 2013
Heath Killen
Fax me! so+ba exhibit their Desktop project in Tokyo

ファックス me (Fax me) is a new, ongoing project by so+ba that began life in the latest issue of Desktop, #294 — In The Neighbourhood.

The studio was one of six from the Asia-Pacific region who were invited to participate in a special feature called Trade Routes. The brief was simply to create a visual response to the word ‘Australia’. From there a cultural exchange project with limitless potential has emerged, using the fax machine as it’s medium.

The duo behind the work, Susanna Baer and Alex Sonderegger of so+ba will be exhibiting their fax based artwork created for Desktop in their Tokyo studio this weekend. The exhibition will be accompanied by screen-printing workshops as well as a night of drinks and music.  Take a look at the Facebook Event Page for more details.

Susanna and Alex had this to say about their work “We both have not been to Australia. We faxed each other bits and pieces of visuals, a mix of personal connections, common knowledge and stereotypes. Over the period of a month we exchanged more than 50 faxes, scanned them, and treated them like single colour printing films, blue, red and black. We layered and combined them by chance and came up with a selection of 16 collages that fit our imaginary Australia.”

so+ba are also welcoming international designers and interested parties to contribute to the project. You are invited to fax your personal visual images you have of Australia, Japan or Switzerland to the following number +81 3-3467-7764

The Desktop feature that this project is part of it called Trade Routes. Six studios from six countries across the Asia-Pacific were invited to contribute an original piece of work in response to the word ‘Australia’. This feature is an exercise in cultural exchange, the begining of a new design dialogue between Australia and it’s neighbours. Included in this feature are so+ba from japan, Na Kim from Korea, Guang Yu from China, Jackkrit Anatakul from Thailand, Wang Zhi Hong from Tawian, and Edith Prakoso from Indonesia.

Full details for the exhibition and related workshops are below.

Visit the so+ba Facebook page or event microsite for full details. If you attend – please let us know, and take some pictures!

Friday 21st 金 19:00 – 23:59  — Opening party & exhibition
Saturday 22nd 土 11:00 – 18:00 — Koji Workshop
Sunday 23rd 日 11:00 – 23:59 — Closing bar (Dj DIY)
Saturday 22nd 土/ — The Down Keepers Printing Laboratory

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