BEWEME is an open source, unlimited edition, single colour Risograph print that tessellates into a ‘wallpaper’. Designed to be a backdrop, installed within the social areas of public institutions; interior spaces people gather, work and interact.
Conceived by artist Kevin Hunt during a two month residency at Hotel Mariakapel andpermanently installed within the organisations reception areas (entrance, bar, bookshop and offices), a reductive ‘bent’ shape recurs in pairs – approximating the letters ‘B’ ‘E’ ‘W’ or ‘M’ when coupled together, repeatedly spelling out the words ‘BE’, ‘WE’ and ‘ME’ across multiple surfaces hundreds of times throughout the space.
With subtle reference to traditional regional Dutch housing (particularly exterior colour schemes and ornamental architectural details such as ‘windveer’ – roof verges) BEWEME’s palette and pattern combine at HMK in an intervention intended to make the organisation’s work spaces feel more homely. Implying a caring, calming atmosphere and prompting us to think about better ways of working together, the linguistic motif within the work urges us to think more about our behaviour towards each other and ourselves within such social/work settings.
Embracing riso’s capability for high-speed, inexpensive printing – BEWEME (and the instructions for its use) will eventually be able to be downloaded from www.******.nl (website in progress), and will be available for free* unlimited distribution and ‘re-publishing’ by anybody with access to a digital duplicator printer.** Low-carbon and low-cost, BEWEME at HMK is therefore a prototype for a sharable ‘social pattern’ to be pasted in personalised ways (users will be able to choose their own composition and colourway) anywhere where extra care may be needed.
Kevin Hunt (b. 1983) is an artist living and working in Liverpool (UK) and a lecturer at Manchester School of Art. With an interest in the linguistic potential of everyday objects, forms and spaces (the kinds of things and places we may regularly use or see on a day-to-day basis), sculpture, printed works and ‘social installations’ investigate the mutability of language within our everyday scenario and the possibilities such mutability allows; especially when we take things literally or run with misunderstandings. Repeatedly misreading objects and expressions to their logical or illogical conclusions, allowing an increasingly multi-faceted and collaborative body of work to develop.
*Printing costs apply
**Rules of use and copyright also apply