FORM FOLLOWS FOCO, 100 SNAPSHOTS OF GUERILLA SURVIVAL PROPS
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‘Form Follows Foco, 100 Snapshots Of Guerilla Survival Props’, was the second Mapping The Design World publication, launched during the Mapping Toolbox exhibition at Walking Chair Gallery in Vienna, in October 2013.
Written by Max Borka, and designed and published by Walking Chair Design Studio, the small black book presented itself as a ‘Manifesto of Sorts’ and ‘Tactical Manual on Social Design’. As had already been the case with the first Mapping publication, its main title, Form Follows Foco, highlighted the fact that, of late, new tools had popped up, such as social media, that had given a boost to chances of turning Che Guevara’s Foco- or Foquismo credo into reality – a belief that was based on his premise that a small group of dedicated men could set off a global revolution based on a hit and run guerilla strategy, flexible and mobile, fully exploiting the cracks in the system.
While the exhibition at Walking Chair Gallery showed the 100 examples of social design that had been included in the first Mapping The Design World publication, illustrating this Foco premise, the new and second publication gave 100 comments on the totally new and different design language that came with this, and advises to designers on what they should do in view of that new situation, and the tools they could use, if they still wanted to stand a chance to survive as a designer.
The book was a first of its kind, and would later culminate in Sinking but Singing, the large contribution which Max Borka wrote three years later for the Interieur Biennale catalogue. And the short statements also served graphic designer Fidel Peugeot as an inspiration for a font which he especially developed for the publication. Because of all that, the publication has become a collector's item. But if you don't have it, you can also read a full pdf-version on this blog. See also: http://www.walking-chair.com/