Wirrwarr

Date:

2011

Artist:

J. Mayer H. (German, founded 1996)
Jürgen Mayer H. (German, born 1965)

Written by Philip Ursprung (American, born 1963)
Published by Hatje Cantz Verlag (German, founded 1945)

About this artwork

For more than a decade, architect Jürgen Mayer H. has been collecting envelopes lined with patterns and codes designed to keep the contents private. Used by banks to encrypt pass codes and PINs sent in letters to customers, these data sheets and patterns are recurring elements in Mayer H.’s architecture, drawings, and design work. For Mayer H., they form the basis of a continued line of research into the relationship between architecture, communications, and new technology. Wirrwarr (which in German means “chaos”) features over 100 different preprinted data sheets culled from the architect’s archives. In an increasingly coded landscape in which we communicate through acronyms and shorthand, the book, written by Philip Ursprung, reads as a record of these ubiquitous yet underexamined objects.

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Architecture and Design

Artist

Jürgen Mayer H. (Designer)

Title

Wirrwarr

Date

2011

Medium

Book

Dimensions

35.6 x 40 cm (14 x 15 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Funds provided by the Architecture & Design Society

Reference Number

2011.255

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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