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Lieven Lahaye and Ott Metusala. Catalog issue 24: Coverage

Curated by Siim Preiman

Catalog is a series of publications about cataloging, written by Lieven Lahaye and designed by Ott Metusala since 2016. It is published intermittently rather than continuously and has no fixed format. The publications have taken the form of postcards, exhibition handouts, paper airplanes, paper hats, newspapers, bumper stickers etc. 


The act of ‘cataloging’ here is related to the organisation and activation of information. In particular, Catalog is dedicated to the value of ephemeral information – printed matter, notes, sketches and secondary literature, but also furniture and objects produced by amateurs. This type of information is created as part of a process and destined for a short and marginalised existence, but can eventually reach further.


The exhibition at Tallinn City Gallery will center around the publication of a new issue of Catalog as part of the ongoing sub-series on the near invisibility of information, presented in tandem with physical works: prints, a sound piece and objects.

Lieven Lahaye (1985, Belgium) is an artist and publisher interested in the value of ephemeral information and amateur practices. He produces printed matter, texts, objects and performances with the aim of cataloging, reactivating, highlighting and sharing information. Lahaye studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam and LUCA School of Arts Brussels and has participated in residencies at WIELS, Brussels and Air Berlin Alexanderplatz. He teaches writing at the Estonian Academy of Arts, to students in the master’s programmes of Graphic Design and Contemporary Arts.


Ott Metusala (1988, Estonia) is a graphic designer with a focus on typography, book design and publishing. In addition to various self-initiated and commissioned projects, he is also co-managing the Bookbinding Workshop at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.