A harbour city and the capital of New Zealand, Wellington is distinctive not only as the site of governance for a bicultural nation state, but also for the geographical location that determines its rich cultural character and enduring relationship to the ocean.
From the geographical and socio-political histories of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, graphic designer David Bennewith and artists William Hsu and Marnie Slater extend connections to the port city of Liverpool through outsourcing and assemblage. Notions of distance, local matter in global circulation, and the fluidity of ocean waters inform and encapsulate the work that takes form as printed material.
Today as our primary communication tools are online, publications have the potential to become deliberate sculptural objects, rather than simply a way to distribute information. This turns the making of a book into a building process and the construction of a space. In Watermarking
, the book has become a structure that hosts various publishing practices.
Reflecting the ongoing necessity of the ocean as a physical and geographical expanse in which industrial enterprises connect, printers from Wellington, Melbourne, Taipei, Rotterdam and finally Liverpool were invited to visualise this space within the pages of a publication, each imagining and inscribing the colour of their ocean.
(b. 1977 Auckland, New Zealand) is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam. As well as undertaking commissioned work, he initiates research-orientated productions under the moniker Colophon. David earned a Master in typographic design from the Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem in 2007.
(b. 1979 Taipei, Taiwan) lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand as an artist, educator and as part of the team at RM Gallery and Projects. William completed his Bachelor of Visual Arts at Auckland University of Technology, Auckland in 2001.
(b. 1980 Wellington, New Zealand) lives in Brussels, where she spends her days being an artist, editor and a member of the collaboration All the Cunning Stunts. Marnie graduated with her Master of Fine Arts from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam in 2010.
Generously supported by Creative New Zealand and The Chartwell Trust.
Photo: Watermarking, 2012, David Bennewith, William Hsu and Marnie Slater.