Ringier Annual Report: please tear it open!

What do a legendary record shop and print media have in common? ‘Both are having to change rapidly,’ says artist Martine Syms, who designed the Ringier Annual Report 2018. In order to be read, the report must be torn open.

This year’s artist Martine Syms takes readers of the Ringier Annual Report 2018 with her on the ‘long road back’ to Detroit. This is where she visited Dorothy Simpson, founder and owner of the legendary Simpson’s Record Shop, which has been going since 1966. ‘There are parallels between the record shop and a publishing company, because both are having to change rapidly,’ says Syms.

The photos by Martine Syms, taken in Detroit, and discussions with Dorothy Simpson form the basis of the annual report, which is designed like a classic magazine. The business section of the report has a unique feature: the Japanese binding means that the pages must be torn open in order to see and read the text, graphics and images.

Martine Syms (*1988) is an African-American artist who lives in Los Angeles. Her works, which include video, photography, performance and publications, examine the creation and reception of meaning in contemporary America. She has had solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Serralves Museum in Porto and the Secession in Vienna, and has been part of numerous group exhibitions.

The Ringier Annual Report is available in German, English and French. You can download or order it via the Ringier corporate website: www.ringier.com.

Ringier AG, Corporate Communications