Amandine Alessandra: News & Projects / Portfolio

  1. Now Play This

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    Rute Nieto Ferreira and I are showing the games we are playing in our heads finding letterforms in architecture with the big letter hunt (see Tower Block Books) this weekend at Now Play This at Somerset House, as part of the London Game Festival.

    The festival explores the notion of games: the ones you play on your own, or in teams, on tables, under tables, on screens or in person.

    A limited edition of Big Letter Hunt prints will also be available to purchase on the spot, and I’ll give a 5 minute talk on games on Friday afternoon at 5pm.

    http://nowplaythis.net

    1 – 3 April 2016,
    Somerset House


  2. Friday Late at the V&A
    What the Font?

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    One Word at A Time is a classic improv theatre exercise:
    in a circle, a story is started, with each person in turn adding one word.

    Join us and dress up as a human letter as part of a typographic performance;
    form words with other visitors and watch as a story unfolds through the evening.
    Each word will be photographed so that you can decide what word to contribute next, and you can follow the story live on my twitter account @amndne.
    See/Read you there!


    WEARABLE TYPOGRAPHY: ONE WORD AT A TIME
    Friday 28 November 18.30 – 22.00
    Raphael, Room 48a


  3. The Creative Process talks at the V&A

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    Last week I was one of many speakers invited by Curator to discuss design process
    at the V&A Friday Late programme on curating, called Collections of Collections.

    Using the Curator App, which has been my tool of choice for a while anyway (honest!), and no more than 25 slides, a performer, food designers, a baker, a curator, editors,
    art directors and a couple of product designers discussed work processes and research rather than actual outcomes. The variety of practices and the rather snappy rhythm contributed to keeping the level of excitement high, when the huge amount
    of information could have been totally overwhelming; the use of Curator allowed seamless transitions within the presentations and from one to the next, keeping
    the flow of the discussion.

    It’s always the greatest reward to see people in the audience giggle when discovering my work. In a separate talk, my new partner in typographic crime, Rute Nieto Ferreira, also explained the process behind The Big Letter Hunt, and how at the origin of our work is something called apophenia, or the fact of seeing patterns or connections (OR LETTERS!) in random or meaningless data (OR BUILDINGS).

    This also reminded me how much I love Friday Lates at the V&A; that’s something I will now be looking forward to. The next one this month is on Typography, more about this soon!


  4. Big Letter Hunt: Re-launch & Workshop

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    So last Sunday was the launch of the second edition of The Big Letter Hunt ( also back on our webshop!), in the context of Hackney with a Twist, organised by L’Entrepôt.

    Rute Nieto Ferreira, who I imagined Tower Block Books Publishing with, and I had also prepared various workshop activities for young hunters: Letter Hunting in a book, Letter Hunting/coloring in large urban landscape photographs, and dressing up as letters, with some interesting typographic interpretations there!


  5. Making it happen

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    I was invited to talk about my work in the brand new building of the School of Art of Bedfordshire University, in Luton. This was the first of a series of talks called Making it Happen, organised by Becky Ford. Very impressed by the attendance, and amount of questions at the end, which is always great.

    I’ve taught there a few years ago, but the energy was quite different this time (in a good way); it probably helps to gather the arts in their own very open space (totally sans corridors!) building. I’ll be back!


  6. Book Launch: The Big Letter Hunt

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    A few months ago I started a publishing company called Tower Block Books together with architect Rute Nieto Ferreira.

    Our first publication, The Big Letter Hunt (In the East End of London), is a book about finding letters in the architecture
    of the East End.

    This is a Riso-printed alphabet picture book; it takes the readers, young and old, on a walk which starts at the Barbican and continues East along the Regent’s Canal, Haggerston, Mile End, Whitechapel and their surroundings, spotting giant letters amongst buildings.

    Supported by Hato Press, The Big Letter Hunt is a very local project: it was devised and designed in and around Regent Studios on Andrews Road E8, printed and bound on Scawfell Street E2, and we are now launching the second edition on Sunday 26/10 from 3pm at L’Entrepôt on Dalston Lane, E8, as part of Hackney with a Twist.

    There will be a workshop (booking essential), books and limited edition prints at a reduced price, and great wine.


  7. The T: All These Typographic Moments

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    This week I’ve received the first issue of The T, a Type and Typography Korean magazine published by Typography Seoul with a long feature on Erik Spiekermann.
    There are also a few spreads on my Body Type work.


  8. Earth Hour 2014, Berlin

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    On the 29th of March, WWF Deutschland organised a performance by the Brandenburg Gate using the Letterform for the Ephemeral to mark Earth Hour.
    Over 7,000 cities in 150 countries joined the movement to raise awareness about climate change.

    More about this here:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2014/mar/30/earth-hour-around-the-world-in-pictures

    http://www.wwf.de/earth-hour-2014/


  9. 12/13: Wired UK

    Commissioned work in the December issue of Wired UK:
    slow motion hand-danced numbers + 30s exposure self-portraits x4


  10. Winner of The Word Art Collective digital competition

    I’m honoured that my work was selected by Curators Dr Glenn Adamson, of the Victoria & Albert Museum, and Priya Khanchandani as a winner of the Word Art Collective digital competition. Below is the exhibited work.

    30s exposure photograph + 30s Video

    The french expression “avoir un poil dans la main” means to be lazy, or literally to have a hair growing in your hand.
    Because us French people tend not to pronounce the letter H, it becomes To ‘ave R (air) in your hand when translated in English. Dancing is playing with air.
    The photograph exposed is a 30s exposure of a choreography very slowly drawing a R with my hand.The video shows a random-looking dance, so slow that it’s hardly recognisable as a letter until we see the photograph next to it.