Time: 18:20:01 — 20:30:01
‘To Europa’ is dedicated to Europa, the smallest of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons. Each flag addresses an aspect of this distant satellite, including its position in our solar system, geographic features, name or symbolic value. Europa has many of the elements needed to sustain life: frozen or maybe even liquid water, oxygen and friction heat stemming from Jupiter’s gravitational pull. Since the dawn of time, Earth has been shaped by huge migrations, which continue to this day. Now that mankind has ventured into space, however, our future may lie beyond our own planet. What might be an appropriate graphic design for a flag representing a geographic area outside Earth’s atmosphere?
In Milan, sunset in April is at 18:55, and thus the allotted time marks the transition from the well-ordered day-time schedule to the dark and the unknown.
digital print on silk
each flag L 195, W 130 cm
Birk Marcus Hansen
Graphic designer and art director, b. 1985
With a passion for graphic design and video art, Birk Marcus Hansen has worked in a wide range of cross-disciplinary settings, including exhibitions and stage productions. A common feature in his professional work is an urge to challenge established paradigms within visual communication. His working process typically has a heavy emphasis on research, history and symbolism, and he often uses graphic design as an instrument for examining and understanding concepts. Among the topics that inspire him are technological advances, geopolitics and history. His work often takes a speculative approach, and he likes to employ fiction as a framework that lets him tweak and investigate, combine and challenge key concepts, ideas and trends in contemporary society.
Education and practice
2016 to present: Art director for Innovation Lab ECCO, Amsterdam
2015: Graphic designer at Urgent.Agency, Copenhagen
2013: Founded Birk Marcus Studio
2013: MA in Communication Design from Design School Kolding
2008–2016: Worked with Hotel Pro Forma as motion graphic designer and video artist for the stage productions ‘Cosmos+’, ‘Tomorrow in a Year’ and ‘Neoarctic’.
Selected grants and honours
2014: Danish Arts Foundation, working grant