Special

Presentation

PHOBIA – ON DISGUST, ANXIETY & FEAR

Melanie Asböck / Ronja-Elina Kappl / Anna Niederleitner / Sabrina Wegerer

4.–6.10.2019

In “Phobia,” Melanie Asböck, Ronja-Elina Kappl, Anna Niederleitner, and Sabrina Wegerer examine anxiety disorders from an artistic perspective. Their focus is on atypical phobias relating to specific structures, materials, and objects. These objects were photographed, examined under an electron microscope, shaped into typographic objects, and worked into handmade alphabets. They were then employed as a basis for developing eight phobic writing systems. The final result was nine individual sections, each concentrating on a certain phobia. Gathered into an experimental anthology, the designers will present their work at the invitation of the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK at the first edition of the Vienna Art Book Fair. Over the course of three days, the biennial Vienna Art Book Fair’s first edition provides a platform for artists, collectives, self-publishers, small publishing houses, antiquarian booksellers, art libraries, institutions, printers, collectors, and all those who are dedicated to the medium of the book.