On the 3rd of October 2016, I will be participating to the Graphic Gathering in the Raphael Gallery of the Victoria & Albert Museum, with a performance-based typographic workshop for 14 to 18 year olds and their teachers, working on a brief set by BBC Radio 1 to promote their New Music Friday playlist. Other participants include Studio Hato, Zoe Payne and Bethan Durie.
I was recently invited by Maiike Van Neck to plot a typographic workshop for 50 Graphic Design Students at Ravensbourne College in London.
I asked the students to take advantage of their critical mass, and of the large open-space building of Ravensbourne, which offers a birds-eye view from 4 stories.
The students slipped into white overalls for uniformity and contrast on the dark floor, and worked in groups, each team art-directing the rest of the small crowd to perform their idea of human typography. Some used the individuals as pixels, others had a go exploring motion blur, while others organised a human chain that could be choreographed to elegantly (and efficiently!) merge from one letterform to the next.
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!
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.
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.
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 & realised by Fay Nicolson.
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
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
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.
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.