LOSK – An Assembly of Shifting Spaces

Sochi, Russia

Sochi was host of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and will be of some matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Furthermore, Sochi is destined to be the site of the ‚Russian Grand Prix‘ Formula 1 races, that started in 2014. The artists Alina Schmuch and Franca Scholz have visited the city on the Black Sea coast by invitation of the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. LOSK is the result of their journey. The book presents everyday life and strange objects in the urban space. LOSK — meaning glow or sheen in Russian — focuses on the surfaces of Russian society: floors, interiors, pavings, façades. The surfaces are inscribed with the fantasy of wealth and importance, but also with the persistent signs of poverty and the resonance of the Socialist past. Published on occasion of an exhibition by Alina Schmuch and Franca Scholz at Kunsthalle Baden-Baden.
(Text by Jan Wenzel, Spector Books)

LOSK is the result of the collaboration of 2 artists and 2 designers with the design aiming to connect the two artistic approaches.

Photography: Alina Schmuch and Franca Scholz
Texts: Simon Bieling, Joseph Grima (Domus Magazine)
Image Editing: Christian Ertel
Book concept: Schmuch, Schoch, Scholz, Schüz

Book design, 2013
In cooperation with Nadja Schoch
Offset print, soft cover, 148 pages, edition of 300
Published by Spector Books, Leipzig