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All Possible Futures is an exhibition exploring speculative work created by contemporary graphic designers.
All Possible Futures is an exhibition exploring speculative work created by contemporary graphic designers.
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The Exhibition

Hi, I’m Jon Sueda a graphic designer based in San Francisco. I'm the curator of All Possible Futures, an exhibition on view at SOMArts as part of my Commons Curatorial Residency. This exhibition explores speculative work created by contemporary graphic designers. It includes everything from self-generated provocations to experimental work created in parallel with client-based assignments to projects in which commissions have been tackled with a high level of autonomy and critical investigation.

The featured work reveals different levels of visibility and public-ness within the graphic design process. Some projects were made for clients and exist in a “real world” context, while others—failed proposals, experiments, sketches, incomplete thoughts—would otherwise be totally hidden and unnoticed. All Possible Futures explores the potential of graphic design and celebrates a questioning of boundaries regarding concepts, processes, technologies, and form.

Confirmed Designers in the Exhibition

Abake, Appetite Engineers, Ludovic Balland, Rachel Berger, Peter Bil'ak, Catalogtree, Daniel Eatock, Dexter Sinister, Jaan Evart, Julian Hagen and Daniël Maarleveld, Experimental Jetset, Ed Fella, General Working Group, David Karwan, Mr. Keedy, Hansje van Halem, Na Kim, Jürg Lehni, Willem Henri Lucas, LUST, MacFadden and Thorpe, Karel Martens, Jeremy Mende, Metahaven, Mevis van Deursen, Moniker, Lesley Moore, Karl Nawrot & Walter Warton, Radim Pesko, Practise, Project Projects, PSY/OPS, ResearchCenteredDesign, Joel Stillman, Sulki and Min, Volume Inc., and Zak Group

Funding Needs

Right now, I need to raise $5,500 to be used primarily for shipping works from Europe, Asia, and various locations in the US to San Francisco for the exhibition and back to the designers after the show closes. Additional funds will go toward digital printing for specific pieces in the show, installation hardware, and hiring a small crew to construct exhibition furniture and install the more complex pieces in the show. 

Events

By supporting this project, I want to emphasize that you will also be facilitating an extremely rich discussion revolving around speculative practices in graphic design.

During the course of the exhibition, lectures and discussions are scheduled in the gallery space, and will include the following presenters:
Ludovic Balland, Rachel Berger, Jurg Lehni, Willem Henri Lucas, and Emily McVarish.

For the duration of the show there will also be a series of designer talks by Bay Area-based practices featured in the exhibition.

Rewards

- Button Set

- Risograph Print

- limited-edition Tote Bag

All Possible Futures Tote Bag
All Possible Futures Tote Bag

- Signed All Possible Futures Catalogue

All Possible Futures Catalogue
All Possible Futures Catalogue

- limited-edition Silkscreen Poster

- Tour of Exhibition with Curator

Acknowledgments

A big thank you to all the supporters of this project thus far:
Jen Allender, Brian Barreto, Bedford Press, Emmet Byrne, Facebook Analog Research Lab, Claire Fitzsimmons, Monika Gruzite, Chris Hamamoto, Justin Limoges, Martin Sign Company, Oscar Printing, SOMArts, Swissnex, Team Printshop, and Lindsey Westbrook.

Risks and challenges

If funded the simple challenge then is to organize shipping of all the exhibition works to San Francisco during the months of November and December. The timing of the show (which opens January 14) is close to the holiday rush, and shipping large packages around the globe at that time can be a challenge. Working with arts institutions for over 12 years now, I'm quite experienced with these tasks and confident we will accomplish them on time and on budget.

Installation has been one of my main concerns and if this project is funded I will be able to hire a team of 3 preparators who specialize in museum installation. This itself will be a huge help and will instantly overcome any unusual or problematic installation issues that may arise.

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    Package 1: Exhibition synopsis + email invitations to all exhibition programming (lectures and events), + exhibition image + a thank-you email

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    Package 3. Packages 1 and 2 + "All Possible Futures" risograph print (11 x 17 inches)

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    Packages 1, 2, and 3 + "All Possible Futures" limited-edition tote bag (15 x 16 inches, silkscreened)

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    Packages 1, 2, and 3 + a signed copy of the "All Possible Futures" exhibition catalogue (edited and designed by Jon Sueda, published by Bedford Press, 160 pages; includes color installation images, interviews with designers in the exhibition, and texts by Rachel Berger, Max Bruinsma, Catherine de Smet, and Emily McVarish)

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    Packages 1, 2, and 3 + a limited-edition "All Possible Futures" silkscreened poster (18 x 24 inches, printed on 100 lb. cover stock)

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    All of the above + your name in all exhibition collateral, credited as a Patron

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    All of the above + an invitation to a special VIP opening and group tour with the curator + your name in all exhibition collateral and on the gallery wall, credited as a Supporter

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Funding period

- (30 days)