Signed Insignificance

Every year the Royal Academy of Art and Stroom Den Haag organize a projectweek under the title On Responsibility. This year’s objective was to answer the question “How do you bring an iceberg to court?” The week was organized in collaboration with Susan Schuppli and part of the program See You In The Hague. This exhibition was the award-winning entry of a group of graphic design students (from all four years) who discussed the insignificance of a signature.

How can a simple thing like a scribble signify so much and so little at the same time? In our current environment, a signature is essential in order to be officially recognized. But just as an identity, a signature is an uncertain entity, although the person connected to it is certain.

Multi-Pen – Writing Utensil
An object which, while attempting to write your signature, creates five extra ‘scribbles’ which could just as easily be the signature of another person.

Identity Confirmation Forms
In this exercise, different individuals were approached to confirm their identity by means of their signature. We question the role of the signature in itself.

Anti-Signature Petition
Petitions are being served all the time and the only way for them to function successfully is if they contain a sufficient amount of signatures. This petition is against the signature as a proof of identity.

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Signed Insignificance

Every year the Royal Academy of Art and Stroom Den Haag organize a projectweek under the title On Responsibility. This year’s objective was to answer the question “How do you bring an iceberg to court?” The week was organized in collaboration with Susan Schuppli and part of the program See You In The Hague. This exhibition was the award-winning entry of a group of graphic design students (from all four years) who discussed the insignificance of a signature.

How can a simple thing like a scribble signify so much and so little at the same time? In our current environment, a signature is essential in order to be officially recognized. But just as an identity, a signature is an uncertain entity, although the person connected to it is certain.

Multi-Pen – Writing Utensil
An object which, while attempting to write your signature, creates five extra ‘scribbles’ which could just as easily be the signature of another person.

Identity Confirmation Forms
In this exercise, different individuals were approached to confirm their identity by means of their signature. We question the role of the signature in itself.

Anti-Signature Petition
Petitions are being served all the time and the only way for them to function successfully is if they contain a sufficient amount of signatures. This petition is against the signature as a proof of identity.




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