Ruben Pater (NL)

Invited on the basis of his own work within the realm of Tactical Media, Pater has produced a new graphic and spatial design for the exhibition.

Grounded in a strong activist history (particularly relating to the ways in which the media covers moments of political unrest) his graphic design brings to the fore ideas of the hoax, the political protest, and acts of obfuscation. The spatial design of the galleries brings together these core ideas of political engagement and media appropriation in a light-touch arrangement across both spaces. Pater creates a new iteration of the Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History, with its ideas of anonymity, constriction and unsettling power dynamics, in Gallery 1, and brings elements of the Newsroom's historical context into Gallery 2, thinking about the ways in which we receive (and believe) our news has changed.


Under the name Untold Stories Ruben Pater creates visual narratives about geopolitical issues. He initiates projects in which research is followed by visual ways of storytelling for a wide audience, creating new relations between journalism and design. 

His ‘Drone Survival Guide’ (2013), received attention worldwide as an educational and activist tool against military drones. A research into disaster communication in times of climate change resulted in the ‘First Dutch Flood Manual’ (2011), and ‘Double Standards’ (2012) was an installation and publication about the role of global maritime trade in Somali piracy. His first book The Politics of Design (BIS Publishers, 2016) is global guide for designers towards a more responsible visual communication. He received a MA in design from the Sandberg institute and currently teaches at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague. 


Ruben Pater is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.