If humans are shaped by their environment,
then this environment has to be made human

Marx and Engels, ‘The Holy Family’ (1844)

Now whip it / into shape / shape it up / get straight /
go forward / move ahead / try to detect it /
its not too late / to whip it / whip it good
Devo, ‘Whip It’ (1980)

Experimental Jetset is a small, independent, Amsterdam-based graphic design studio, founded in 1997 by (and still consisting of) Marieke Stolk, Erwin Brinkers and Danny van den Dungen. Focusing on printed matter and site-specific installations, and describing their methodology as “turning language into objects”, Experimental Jetset have worked on projects for a wide variety of institutes.

Their work has been featured in group exhibitions such as ‘Graphic Design: Now in Production’ (Walker Art Center, 2011) and ‘Ecstatic Alphabets / Heaps of Language’ (MoMA, 2012). Solo exhibitions include ‘Kelly 1:1’ (Casco Projects, Utrecht, 2002), ‘Two or Three Things I Know About Provo’ (W139, Amsterdam, 2011), ‘Word-Things in Time-Space’ (Riot, Ghent, 2016), and ’Superstructure’ (RMIT Melbourne, 2018).
In 2007, a large selection of work by Experimental Jetset was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, for inclusion in the MoMA’s permanent collection. Other institutes and archives that feature EJ material include MoMA’s Art Library, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), SFMOMA (San Francisco), Art Institute of Chicago (also see here), Milwaukee Art Museum, Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), Museum für Gestaltung (Zürich), Centre National des Arts Plastiques (Paris), and Cooper Hewitt (New York).

In 2015, Roma Publications (Amsterdam) released a monograph titled ‘Statement and Counter-Statement: Notes on Experimental Jetset’, featuring essays by Linda van Deursen, Mark Owens, Ian Svenonius, and Jon Sueda.

Between 2000 and 2014, Experimental Jetset have been teaching at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam). They are currently teaching at ARTEZ Werkplaats Typografie (Arnhem).
( c ) 1997 – 2024