Submission
Lisa Ertel & Jannis Zell

Sense of Place


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Lisa Ertel & Jannis Zell, Defensive Shelf, 2021
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Lisa Ertel & Jannis Zell, Defensive Shelf & OSB-B Crate (detail), 2021
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Lisa Ertel & Jannis Zell, Defensive Shelf (detail), 2021
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Lisa Ertel & Jannis Zell, Installation view, 2021
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Lisa Ertel & Jannis Zell, Thornes Tretles (detail), 2021
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Lisa Ertel & Jannis Zell, Hühnergott, 2021
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Lisa Ertel & Jannis Zell, Dangerous Kirschen, 2021
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Lisa Ertel & Jannis Zell, Defensive Euro Box & Furry Hat, 2021
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Lisa Ertel & Jannis Zell, Corner Speaker Stone, 2021
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Lisa Ertel & Jannis Zell, Beaver and its Shadow, 2021
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Lisa Ertel & Jannis Zell, Installation view, 2021
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Lisa Ertel & Jannis Zell, Leiboom Bowl, 2021
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Lisa Ertel & Jannis Zell, Nettle Plateau, 2021
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Lisa Ertel & Jannis Zell, Three Times Seven Years, 2021

Lisa Ertel and Jannis Zell are designers and artists who visualize thoughts around matter and time as well as nature and culture. They materialize the veiled histories, modes of representation, and conditioning of everyday objects through artistic and design-based approximation. Along recurring walks in urban and rural landscapes, they try to suss out the pervading spirit of a particular place—its genius loci—from which they test out rituals of creating, informed by its actants and its mysteries. Together they collect nonhuman artifacts, or biofacts, to bring back to their studio. These objects and traces become part of a growing Wunderkammer that the designers plumb for associative shapes and images.

Slowly, collected souvenirs begin to blend in with the studio’s interior, and a dialogue between inside and outside emerges. Raw materials become tame or assume domestic functions as they adapt to their new surroundings, while mundane tools and objects suddenly appear wild or animate. Through experiments mimicking surface and substance, the designers question the stability of our material habitat.