Will Holder (1969, Hatfield, UK) is based in London. He teaches graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and was an advising researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (2004 – 2007).
Through his multiple roles as artist, writer, editor and designer, Will Holder explores transformative processes at play in the act of publishing. Holder is editor of F.R.DAVID, published by de Appel, Amsterdam and is currently editing and designing a biography of American composer Robert Ashley (with Alex Waterman), as well as rewriting William Morris’ News from Nowhere (An epoch of rest) into a guide for design education and practice set in 2135.
Exhibitions and performance programmes include The Social Life of the Book, De Vleeshallen, Middelburg (2010); Yes, But Is It Edible? Objectif, Antwerp (2010); Talk Show, with Richard Birkett and Jennifer Thatcher, ICA, London, (2009); ROBERT ASHLEY […] ROBERT ASHLEY […] BOB […] ROBERT ASHLEY […] ROBERT ASHLEY […], Objectif, Antwerp, (2005); and The Boys’ Room, Marres, Maastricht, (2005). Lecture performances include In memoriam Esteban Gomez (quartet) with Robert Ashley, MACBA, Barcelona (2009); Indeterminacy, Jan Mot Gallery (2008); Middle of Nowhere, If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Utrecht (2005); and The Graphic Notation of Robert Ashley, Werkplaats Typografie. Arnhem (2005).
Recent graphic design projects include The Otolith Group – A Long Time Between Suns (Sternberg Press, 2009); For the Blind Man in the Dark Room Looking For the Black Cat that Isn’t There (Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009); and Metropolis M, Magazine for Contemporary Art, with Stuart Bailey (2004).