Logo and web publishing for photographer Kayhan Kaygusuz.

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Borrowed Faces: The Digital Archive

Fehras Publishing Practices try to understand publishing practices in their relation to the political and cultural realm. Therefore the observation of archiving practices, cataloging systems, and their political dimension become a part of this investigation.

In the wake of the digitization of archives and libraries, the collective looks into new tendencies of how institutions and universities make specific inventories accessible to research aims. This movement raises questions about the ownership of the archive and new ways of writing history.

In this regard, Fehras decided to open their archive and make it accessible digitally to the public. The digital archive presented as a part of this installation gathers the archive of Borrowed Faces, which Fehras are collecting and commenting on since 2018. The visitors are invited to browse various entities such as publishers, magazines, institutions, etc., and read commented documents. The digital archive also offers the possibility of exploring possible connections between these entities. These connections aim to graphically present the complexity of cultural production and the interrelation between politics, culture, and funding on a global level.

This digital archive and The research of Borrowed Faces is facilitated with the support from Berlin Artistic Research Grant Programme for 2020/21.

Borrowed Faces: The Digital Archive
Borrowed Faces: The Digital Archive
Borrowed Faces: The Digital Archive
Borrowed Faces: The Digital Archive


Borrowed Faces: The Digital Archive, 2021, installation, mixed media, dimensions variable. Installation view in the solo exhibition
Borrowed Faces: The Second Chapter, Fehras publishing Practices, Berliner Förderprogramm Künstlerische Forschung, 2021
Borrowed Faces: The Research Hub, 2021, installation, mixed media, dimensions variable. Installation view in the solo exhibition
Borrowed Faces: Future Recall, Fehras publishing Practices, The Mosaic Rooms, London, 2021

Editors
Fehras Publishing Practices – Kenan Darwich, Omar Nicolas, Sami Rustom

Design
Fehras Publishing Practices

Development
Studio ABO

Decolonize Berlin

We designed and developed a website including a calendar tool for Decolonize Berlin e.V..

Decolonize Berlin e.V. advocates for a critical examination of German colonialism and its continuities, such as racism within contemporary German society, recognition and critical reappraisal of colonial injustices, and decolonization of German society as a whole.

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Decolonize Berlin

Art Direction and Website for ‚Passion Propaganda‘ a Fashion brand from Istanbul

Cost of Gold
Cost of Gold
Cost of Gold

Working within the medium of 3D and web design, Cost of Gold examines the symbolic value of gold in its natural state. Through interactive visual storytelling, the user navigates within a 3D gold mine. In that way, the user has a spatial and size comparison of the amount of the gold in relation to the mine.

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In Culture Inventory Atlas, there are nearly 15.000 cultural entities and artefacts marked and classified in a digital cartographic database. We created a website with a search engine and filtered map by entity group, type and location. The user can rediscover cultural properties by examining its historical information and original location. Originated in the geographic region of the Middle East, Anatolia, and the Balkan, the aim is to create an international and open source cultural property database.

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Ikonographie des Dataismus
Ikonographie des Dataismus
Ikonographie des Dataismus
Ikonographie des Dataismus
Ikonographie des Dataismus

A digital publishing project, Ikonographie des Dataismus, explores three different historical belief and value systems: Theism, Humanism and Dataism. Through the lens of iconographic imagery, web and literature research, this project aims to set analogies of contrasting visual languages of each belief and value systems.

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Data Platform for the Environmental Activism is a digital mapping project displaying environmental conflicts. Drawing upon relational visualisation of the responsible actors, impacts and commodities, the aim is to build a solidarity data platform for environmental activism.

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Corporate identity and logo design for the Istanbul based online art magazine Border_less ⤷.

Tra My Nguyen

Lookbook editorial and web publishing identity for Tra My Nguyen’s collection XLoca

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