VAULTE X-XII is a conceptual project that takes the form of a hype fashion brand, pop-up shop, publication, and event series to examine branding’s role in glamorizing the consumption of otherwise uninteresting products.
Throughout the course of the initial installation, the space will host performances, lectures, and discussions surrounding commerce, consumerism, labor, design, and fashion. VAULTE Magazine will be published in February 2019 and will serve as the project's research arm. Its 80 pages will be a compilation of thoughts and theories on design and its relationship to capitalism.
about the artists
Christian Dutilh is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, and musician. He is co-founder of Composite Co., a design studio based in Washington, DC that focuses on branding, graphic design, and interiors projects, working predominantly in the arts and culture sectors. His work tends to be highly conceptual. He sees the future of design as being less about image-making and more about solving problems and challenging people. He holds a BA in International Relations from the College of William & Mary.
Jacob Weinzettel is an artist, graphic designer, and co-founder of Composite Co., a design studio based in Washington, DC that focuses on branding, graphic design, and interiors projects, working predominantly in the arts and culture sectors. His work is inspired by neuroaesthetics, the burgeoning field of research surrounding how the brain perceives and analyzes visual stimuli and ascribes value to it. He holds a BA in Biology from Wheaton College and has participated in Typography Summer School in New York and A School, A Park in Montreal.
This project has been sponsored by the Kraft Initiative, HapstakDemetriou+, and Dhruva Rajendra, with in-kind support from JBG Smith, freedom, and Design Within Reach. WPA is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
January 25–March 23, 2019