Peter Nencini is a full-time Senior Lecturer in Illustration, previously working at Camberwell College of Arts and London College of Communication. Also a visiting speaker/tutor at, for example, Ecole Supérieure d’Art et Design Valence and Pratt Institute New York. My teaching is somewhat informed and inspired by Friedrich Froebel’s ‘Gifts and Occupations’, Paul Thek’s ‘4-Dimensional Design’, Simon Nicholson’s ‘Theory of Loose Parts’, Georges Perec’s ‘Practical Exercises’, Aby Warburg’s ‘Mnemosyne’.
I am presently making a series of object-works for cultural institutions, whose form and use may be that of a vanishing mediator. This, in the argument put to Birmingham city planners for a more layered, legible built environment – or the workshopped tracking of ideology through and beyond the pages of a book on ‘Space, Earth, Man’ given by the German Democratic Republic to 14 year-olds in their ‘Jugendweihe’ ceremony. Such objects — shaping as architectural models, prostheses for furniture, pedagogical apparatus, props for performance — assert storytelling as a primary function of design.
After graduating from the Royal College of Art, I worked across print and television for clients such as the New York Times, BBC, Levi’s Europe and Théâtre National de Toulouse. Recent commissions and projects for Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Walker Art Center Minneapoliswork and Eastside Projects have resulted in editioned objects and performance-workshops, fed by form derived from a space between the typographic and the pictorial. Peter’s work is available to view on his website.
Peter Nencini is a member of the Pattern and Chaos group of collaborative, interactive and networking designers, artists, theorists and innovators in education, all of whom are based at Norwich University of the Arts.
Research and Practice
- 2014: Commissioned furniture apparatus: ‘Weltall, Erde, Mensch’. Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig.
- 2013: Commissioned model, performance, publication: ‘A School of Design Fiction’, with James Langdon. Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig.
- 2013: Practice talk, workshop: ‘Typography Summer School’. The Drawing Room, London.
- 2013:Judging: V&A Student Illustration Awards, London.
- 2013: Practice talk, workshop: ‘Penser / Classer’. L’École Supérieure d’Art et Design, Valence.
- 2013: Commissioned edition, publication: ‘The Artist and The Engineer – Eastside Projects’ User’s Manual Draft #6′, with James Langdon, Gavin Wade and Stuart Whipps. Eastside Projects, Birmingham.
- 2013:Conference talk: ‘Gifts, Occupations’. ‘Bold Italic 2013’ conference. Vooruit, Ghent.
- 2013: Practice talk: ‘Secondment’. Pratt Institute, New York.
- 2013: Solo exhibition: ‘Secondment’. Beginnings NYC, New York.
- 2012: Conference talk: ‘Letterpress: Something to Say’. St. Bride Foundation, London.
- 2012: Group exhibition: ‘The Beginning’. Beginnings NYC, New York.
- 2012: Group exhibition: ‘Dream Shop’, with Intelligent Clashing, ROLU. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
- 2012: Group exhibition: ‘Jiggling Atoms’. Rag Factory, London.
- 2012: Interview, article: ‘Peepshow Collective’. Index Books, London.
- 2012: Typographic work, group publication: ‘Page One’. GraphicDesign&, London.
- 2011: Commissioned edition: ‘Handwerk’. Partners & Spade, New York.
- 2011: Group exhibition: ‘Questioning Print’, with work-form. Kemistry Gallery, London.
- 2011: Group exhibition: ‘Monozukuri: formes d’impression’. 22nd International Graphic Design Festival, Chaumont, France.
- 2011: Interview: ‘Bookshelf’. ‘It’s Nice That’ website, London.
- 2010: Commissioned typographic work: ‘Falling Back: Six Poems to ark the End of Daylight Saving Time’. New York Times, New York.
- 2010: Article, launch talk: ‘Wunderkammer’. ‘It’s Nice That’ magazine, London.
- 2010: Group exhibition: ‘By, With and Of’. Direktorenhaus, Berlin.
- 2010: Interview, article: ‘Graphics Alive 2’. Victionary, Hong Kong.
- 2010: Interview: ‘Hand Werk and Make Do imagemaking’, with Ryan G. Nelson. Walker Art Center website, Minneapolis.
- 2010: Article: ‘I, Me, Mine: we specialise too soon’. It’s Nice That website.
- 2009:Group exhibition, conference: ‘New Views 2 – Conversation and Dialogues in Graphic Design’. LCC, London and Melbourne Museum.
- 2008: Feature: ‘Secrets of Digital Illustration – A Masterclass in Commercial Imagemaking’, by Lawrence Zeegen. Rotovision, London
- 1994–2008: Commissions: graphic set treatments for television, including BBC ‘Glastonbury Festival’, ITV ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, Channel 4 ‘Whatever’; printed matter for Levi’s Europe, Charleroi Danses, Théâtre National de Toulouse, La Communauté Française de Belgique, European Commission, Folio Society, University of the Arts London.