OUR DESIGN SOLUTIONS EMBRACE
THE DISCOURSE OF SOCIAL AND CULTURAL SITUATIONS. 💬


We design with a distinctive referential play, connecting social-political issues through narration. Our approach enhances audience perception, augmenting and elaborating on real life.
We communicate in many different lingos - celebrating and shaping a heterogenous world.

Developments of identities include institutions such as transmediale festival, Schauspielhaus Bochum, HeK Basel, Volksbühne Berlin, Interkultur Ruhr (i.a.). Latest and new cooperations with Studio Arno Brandlhuber (ETH Zürich), Oulimata Gueye/ Julien McHardy/ Philipp Ziegler (ZKM), Agnieszka Polska (for Preis der Nationalgalerie)

Closer to you: BERLIN & PARIS. The Laboratory operates now in and from both cities.

Latest projects:


Schauspielhaus Bochum
Identity, Art Direction, Design

Entangled Realites - Living with Artifical Intelligence, HeK Basel 2019.
Book Design



transmediale festival 2019
Identity, Artdirection, Design



Please explore the tag system and get to know
more about our thoughts & design work:

Lost in Connotation
Institutional Narration
Attention Economy
99%
1%
Forever
Meme
High Level Folklore
Slippery Design
Arial
Times
Newspaper
Corporate Identity

"So, hier ist es. Das Stadttheater unserer Zeit. Es steht in Bochum, der alten Ruhrpott-Provinz, nicht in Berlin, Frankfurt oder Wien." Simon Strauss, FAZ, 05.11.2018


Featured projects:

💬 Together with Studio Arno Brandlhuber and their students, we are developing an online TV station at ETH Zürich. Working in a time-based medium forces us to think about and see architecture as more than an object. station.plus uses different episodic formats to convey arguments to a wider public. More soon:

💬 How can one develop a logo that corresponds to the transitory identity of the intercultural practice itself and the eponymous cultural program in the Ruhr area?
Read about developing the Interkultur Ruhr CI and the latest project Pizza Pangaea:



💬 The intellectual creations of individual nations become common property. National one-sidedness and narrow-mindedness become more and more impossible, and from the numerous national and local literatures, there arises a world literature.
> Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, 1848.
Working on Volksbühne Berlin with Chris Dercon:



💬 We want to enable greater freedom and flexibility through collective ownership than would be possible through individually owned private property, making housing function more like an information good. And for that to work, it need not feel like a political revolution; it just has to work better than what it’s an alternative to – which is real estate markets that concretise a fundamental antagonism between renting and owning.
> New Eelam
In cooperation with Christopher Kulendran Thomas and Annika Kuhlmann we developed the look and feel of New Eelam:



Further projects:

Agnieszka Polska – The Demon's Brain.
Exhibition Design, Book Design

transmediale festival "face value", 2018
Identity, Artdirection, Design

Nuit Blanche Paris, 2017
Artdirection, Design

Morteza Hannaneh - Tchashm-e-Del, Collapsing Market, CLPM003, 2017
Artwork, Design, Photography. In cooperation with Thomas Jeppe

Perks and Mini, 2018
Logo Design

Cory Arcangel, Olia Lialina – Asymmetrical Repsonse, Koenig Books, 2018
Book Design

Ensemble Shooting, Schauspielhaus Bochum, 2019
Artdirection

transmediale festival "afterglow", 2014
Identity, Artdirection, Design

Duck House Theory, Essay & T-Shirt, 2013
Artdirection, Design, Writing

BIEST, 2015
Identity, Web Design

Theory Of The Bench, 2014
Benching, Writing. In cooperation with Thomas Jeppe

Interkultur Ruhr Ci, 2016
Corporate Identity, Workshop

The Brutalism Appreciation Society, HMKV, 2017
Artdirection, Exhibition Design

Internationales Sommerfestival, Kampnagel, 2017
Artdirection, Design

Datafied Research, University of Hong Kong, 2014
Workshop, Newspaper Design

FFIXXED STUDIOS, Shenzen/ Hong Kong, 2017
Logo Design, Web Design

transmediale festival "conversation piece", 2016
Identity, Artdirection, Design

Kitjen Records, 2015-now
Artdirection, Design

Olia Lialina - MBCBFTW, HeK, 2016
Book Design, Exhibition Design

Poetics and Politics of Data, HeK, 2015
Book Design, Exhibition Design

Cosmic Dancer, #FUTUREMYTH at 319 Scholes, NY, 2013
Research, Design

Slide for the Critical Visions Symposium, University of Cincinnati, 2011
Presentation, Talk

Slippery Design defies balance and order, leads into the void and shows us worlds. Slippery Design creates fields of meaning, mimeses in relationship, building lines to oppositions. Slppry Dsgn masters the game of semiotic scraps; it speaks in syllables not sentences. Slippery Design relies on dissemination through irritation, mutation, failure ~ causes discourses to falter. Slippery Design is the true soul of the meme, the virtuosity of any amateur.

Manuel Bürger - Slippery Design
Research, Essay


Thomas Jeppe - Compass Trouble Again, Sazmanab, Tehran, 2015
Research, Design

transmediale magazine #1, 2013
Artdirection, Design



transmediale festival "CAPTURE ALL", 2015
Identity, Artdirection, Design

Corporate Identity for HeK Basel, 2014
Identity, Artdirection, Design

Promo Team for Lost In Connotation, Seminar at UdK Berlin, 2014
Workshop, Teaching

Field Record (continental), 2013
Collage, Design

transmediale festival "in/compatible", 2012
Artdirection, Design

Digital Folklore, Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied (Ed.), 2009
Book Design

transmediale festival "BWPWAP", 2013
Identity, Artdirection, Design

The Laboratory of Manuel Bürger /
Collaboratoires MB
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Theory of the Bench - Omonia / Athens Edition, 2017
In cooperation with Thomas Jeppe

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COLLECTED QUOTES ABOUT THE LABORATORY'S WORK /
MANUEL BÜRGER:

"Dissensus is always a good thing, Indifference is the worst!"
– Charlotte Laubard, Curator [reacting on Nuit Blanche’s virals]

“It’s not about aesthetics, it’s about ethics. A sensibility, but also the sense of responsibility tackling the core problematic of how to communicate.”
– Jack Self, Architect & Publisher

It is possible to design and develop digital technologies and practices not aligned with hegemonic and neocolonialist models.
– Oulimate Gueye, Curator & Writer

"His veins are coursing with tiger blood."
– Jon Rafman, Artist

"How to communicate visually: be very but not only funny, adopt things you really like and change it, combine small gestures to one grand story line."
– Joost Bottema, Designer, about Manuel Bürger


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