Amandine Alessandra: News & Projects / Portfolio

  1. Book Launch: The Big Letter Hunt

    The incorruptible Design Approval Committee at Tower Block Books

    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.


  2. 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.


  3. Earth Hour 2014, Berlin

    amandine alessandra WWF

    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/


  4. 12/13: Wired UK

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


  5. 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.


  6. Show: Word Art Collective

    Some of my video and photography-based typographic work will be shown by the Word Art Collective
    at the Hoxton Arches from Wednesday 21st November to Saturday 8th December 2012.

    The Word Art Collective is a non-profit initiative established by a group of curators and writers based in London, generously supported by the European Commission and partner gallery Hoxton Arches.

    The show is curated as an exhibition of art and design by artists whose work explores the theme of European identity, taking as its base an interest in language.

    Venue
    The exhibition is to be held at Hoxton Arches, Arch 402, on the edge of Shoreditch.
    Arch 402
    Cremer Street
    London
    E2 8HD

    Opening hours
    The exhibition will be open to the public from Wednesday 21st November to Saturday 8th December.

    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday: Closed
    Wednesday: 11am – 6pm
    Thursday: 11am – 9pm
    Friday: 11am – 6pm
    Saturday: 11am – 6pm
    Sunday: 11am – 6pm


  7. Some images from the Workshop at Gerald Moore Gallery

    A really nice alchemy ran through that Summer School workshop on sunday;
    by the time I picked up my camera, I went back outside to find people who didn’t know each other performing
    words and letters, and brainstorming on possible messages involving alternative post-Olympic messages
    and the Pussy Riot.

    The Free Pussy Riot one, below, has since been very broadly shared by Amnesty International UK,
    amongst others, on Twitter.

    The workshop was curated by George Vasey;
    Summer School was curated by Rosie Cooper a& realised by Fay Nicolson.


  8. Summer School: Free workshop at the Gerald Moore Gallery

    Want to protest? Tell a story?
    We are looking for between 10-15 volunteers to join us for a performative typographic workshop
    at the Gerald Moore gallery on Sunday August the 12th. Working with the body’s potential
    to form new words through movement and gesture, it will be your chance to take part
    in a living work of art.

    I will be leading a three hour workshop and participants will be invited to work together to create
    a collaborative public performance on the day.

    Sunday 12th August 2012
    12-5pm

    Workshop, 12th of August 2012

    We want people to bring ideas along and work together as a group. It will be a fun day, and we will provide lunch and refreshments as well as a souvenir.

    The workshop curated by George Vasey
    Summer School is curated by Rosie Cooper and realised by Fay Nicolson

    Booklet designed by Kaisa Lassinaro

    http://www.geraldmooregallery.org/sub-links/letterform-for-the-ephemeral-expanded/

    Sunday 12th August
    The workshop starts at 12pm; phrases will be performed from 3pm
    Gerald Moore Gallery at Eltham College
    Mottingham Lane
    Mottingham
    SE9 4QF

    T. 020 8857 0448
    E. info [at] geraldmooregallery.org

    By train:
    The nearest train station is Mottingham or Grove Park. Direct trains take 20 minutes from London Bridge or 15 minutes from New Cross.

    Other options:
    Parking is available on site.
    The 136 bus goes from Peckham to nearby Grove Park.


  9. تضاريس / Relief / Tadariss

    This picture of human arabic typography, reading تضاريس/Relief/Tadariss, was taken on the first day of a seminar on 3D typography I gave at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut, Lebanon.

    Working with Masters students in Art Direction and Multimedia, we a created choreography-based pluri-alphabetic piece allowing a group of people posing as human letterforms to express a word in English, then in French, and finally in Arabic in a few moves, reflecting on the Lebanese multi-lingual culture.


  10. Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Beirut, Lebanon

    Alba 75 ans

    The ALBA, where I was giving a one-week seminar on typography last month,
    is celebrating its 75th anniversary next week.

    For this occasion, the school asked me and the students to prepare something
    to go on the massive banner that will cover the building during the festivities;
    above is a sneak pic of the making of.
    More soon.