“For us, the Monheim Triennale feels like a movie. A movie in which the director, actors and locations are known, but the story has yet to be told.” — Reiner Michalke, director of the Monheim Triennale
For the festival design of the Monheim Triennale we were able to win the Greek graphic artist Vasilis Marmatakis. Marmatakis has created the graphic design for the films of Yorgos Lanthimos "The Lobster" (2015), "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" (2017), "The Favourite" (2018) and "Nimic" (2019), among others.
The design concept is based on visualizing the experience of sound through physical and typographic elements. Vasilis Marmatakis has designed a series of images with patterns like those found on "mesh covers" used to cover loudspeakers. He transferred these patterns of perforated fabric or metal onto solid material and then worked them with ink. The resulting traces visualize the acoustic resonance between source and receiver.
Vasilis Marmatakis made a total of eight different mesh covers for the Monheim Triennale.
About the artist
Vasilis Marmatakis studied graphic design at Camberwell College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London, and he did research at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. He worked as an art director in advertising and in 2003 developed the design studio MNP as a co-founder, realizing cross-media projects in print, film, exhibition and web design.
Since 2009 Vasilis Marmatakis has been working as a freelance artist and graphic designer. He also teaches as a guest lecturer at Vakalo Art & Design College in Athens. Among other projects, Marmatakis has designed advertising posters and titles for the films of internationally renowned director and filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos. Marmatakis' work has been published and presented internationally - including in Holland, Great Britain, Cyprus, Belgium, Germany, Cuba and Austria - as well as winning numerous awards in Greece and abroad. He lives and works in Athens, Greece.