Fase's identity for Postcrisis extends the event's connection between brick and Spain's Great Recession
Postcrisis took place in Madrid as an exploration into the connection between architecture, visual arts and contemporary thinking. The event was arranged by Spain and US-based curation team dilalica and the Polytechnic University of Madrid’s architecture department. They invited eight artists to create original artworks from brick as an investigation into the material possibilities of built environments.
The trigger for the theme was Spain’s 2008 Great Recession – a topic that’s still relevant today despite taking place over a decade ago. Since then, many economic, social, political and ecological problems have remained – Postcrisis is a proposal of how they could be solved through cultural production and knowledge. Before starting work, each artist visited the Palautec brick factory to observe manufacturing, allowing them to grasp an in-depth understanding of the substrate that permanently surrounds us. The resulting eight artworks were installed in individual spaces around Madrid, creating a tour of the city.
Postcrisis’ visual identity, by Valencia-based studio Fase, is based on the concept of time and space, inspired by both the distribution of the works around the city and the uncertainty of the economic climate. Graphically, the idea represents brickwork quite literally through irregularly-placed rectangular forms and earthy tones. These elements, which are used boldly in combination with Production Type’s blocky sans serif Dr, form a simple yet powerful framework for Postcrisis’ complex and challenging message.