Zak Group collaborated with the artists Anne Imhof, Eliza Douglas and composer Billy Bultheel on the graphic design and art direction for the SEX vinyl. Released by PAN records, the LP accompanies Imhof’s performance of the same title previously exhibited at Tate Modern, The Art Institute of Chicago and Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea. SEX was the second record Zak Group designed for the artist, following Faust in 2019.
The vinyl sleeve features full-bleed photography by longtime collaborator Nadine Fraczkowski. Titles and credits are set in Gerstner-Programm in canary yellow.
Imhof, Douglas and Bultheel adapted the original exhibition score that references punk, metal and grunge traditions alongside classical and baroque music. The thirteen compositions combine vocals rooted in subcultures with instruments ranging from harpsichord to distorted electric guitars. The album is mixed and engineered by Ville Haimala and mastered by Rashad Becker.
The record’s release coincides with the final performance of SEX at Castello di Rivoli in Turin in September 2021 and the opening of Imhof’s Carte Blanche exhibition Nature Mortes currently on view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris through October 2021.