Objects + Methods Lecture
12 April, 2108
Hardworking Goodlooking is a publishing & graphic design hauz by Clara Balaguer and Kristian Henson running in parallel to The Office of Culture and Design — a studio based in Manila, led by Balaguer. Likes decolonization of D’Filipino aesthetic, horror vacui & vernacular material culture. Wə 5p3āĶ JëJ3møñZz$.
Balaguer describes the OCD as “a social practice platform for artists, designers, writers & assorted projects in the developing world.” With their wide network of collaborators, Balaguer and Henson embrace contemporary art and design as necessary tools for progress with the hopes of affecting real change. This occurs by way of social innovation experiments, workshops, conferences, events, and feasts. Projects include product development initiatives designed to enhance the livelihoods of Filipino craftsmen as well as microgrants that they receive and redistribute.
Frequently produced in cottage industry presses in the streets of Manila and utilizing the most DIY production values, Hardworking Goodlooking’s books embody the uncertain and insecure task that authors face, when trying to self publish critical content in the developing world. They also lead book-making workshops in which they teach people how to edit, design, and print their own books in a week or less, using inexpensive and readily available tools.