BAY of MARS
[no roots—just antennae]
NR—JA [detail], moving image 2019
Jointly run by Karen Lohrmann and Stefano de Martino, BAY of MARS is a multimedia testing ground. An experimental landscape garden in its origins with its name borrowed from an undisclosed location, it became a platform for production, for being in the open, experimenting with it. Today, BAY of MARS migrates to likewise and otherwise friendly environments: online, and in the form of exhibitions, periodicals, time-based work, unique items, and occasional events. BAY of MARS is about visual and spatial manifestations and how these change along with planetary uncertainties, happenings, and belief patterns. Together with a broad group of contributors, BAY of MARS set up URBAN STATES for events and talks, CORRESPONDENTS for all printed matter, and most recently, the relational product line XRX for testing, production, and outfitting.
In its original name Xeroxgraphy, the eponymous copy company Xerox refers to the greek terms for ‘dry’ and ‘writing.’ XRX reduces this further to [dry] replacement, or repetition. XRX acknowledges prior existence of designs and ideas — even just the slightest hunch most likely existed before.
We also believe every next version is different, momentarily unique if needed, or just other, separate, variant. So, along with the vastness of über-company Xerox, XRX is about simple relations: inspired by something, taking it from there. No more. No less.
Neraketu for XRX, 2019/21
CORRESPONDENTSCorrespondents is made in Berlin. Developed in close collaboration with LANE Studio and produced by Europrint, Correspondents can be found in fine bookshops and at selected stores, libraries and institutions. The limited editions are part of public and private collections and featured at United Nations Plaza Berlin, Skylight and Family in Los Angeles, Do you read me? and Pro QM in Berlin, Kunstraum Lüneburg, Salon für Kunstbuch and Belvedere 21 in Vienna, Mercado San Cosme Berlin, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Campo in Rome, A’mbasciata in Naples, Flat Art Book Fair in Turin, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, among other.
Correspondents is a drop in the ocean of printed matter. Deliberately not a magazine or collection of articles, each edition is produced by one author on one subject. Developed over time, Correspondents is made of sources and editions. Sources are translations of ideas into diverse media; editions engage print media. Correspondents are agents, their content determined and uncompromising — promiscuous like a free radical, pairing, mixing, and contrasting to modify meaning and perception. There is no relation other than that they all invite some sense of exteriority.
LANE Studio, PRINT RUN [Bettina Khano, 887 002 2AAAANN1 03/02/04 1], 2013