Lille Métropole 2020 World Design Capital

Nicolas Millot and Jane Secret, of Surfaces Studio, are exploring the history of Espace 36 through a unique yet multiform work based on silkscreen printing.

Espace 36 supports graphic design as part of an arts-based creative practice, whereby a fundamentally functional object becomes a medium for artistic creation.

In 2019, Espace 36 began a new three-year cycle of annual arts residencies, with a focus on providing support for graphic design. In partnership with lille — design, Espace 36 is involved in exploring the links between artistic and graphic creation. An increasing number of contemporary arts venues are inviting designers to make a foray into the plastic art form, liberating themselves from purely communicative concerns. Presenting their work in an exhibition space allows for both dissemination and outreach, giving the public opportunities to look at and learn about graphic design. 

As an experimental programme for creators who have previously fallen outside the frameworks of visual art, Espace 36 has chosen to support Jane Secret and Nicolas Millot, the duo behind Surfaces Studio, for this first year.

To mark 20 years of support for the arts, the two designers are exploring the history of Espace 36 through a unique yet multiform work based on silkscreen printing. Using this technique, they experiment with covering and superimposition. Based on shapes and symbols captured in situ and from our archives, their work focuses on accumulation to (re)create a whole that does not exist. The stratification of colours produces a recreated past, a renewed memory. A large silkscreened poster forms a matrix for all the communication documents, so that each one represents a fragment of the artwork, aimed at everyone.