Amandine Alessandra: News & Projects / Portfolio

  1. Walking Type Workshop

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    Join me on a walking type workshop on Saturday the 18th February, an event organised with Moments Like This, a multi-disciplinary art and design practice curating convivial events as a way to generate research and outputs addressing environmental, social, cultural, political, and economic issues.

    We will leave from Shoreditch Church at 11 am and walk our way through Hoxton across estates, victorian, georgian and vernacular architecture and new developments, looking for letters in the buildings around us.
    Fellow walkers will be asked to share their finds on twitter with the hashtag #walkingtypeworkshop to later re-trace them and this way create a collective letterform.


  2. 100 hands typeface:
    Typographic workshop
    at Ravensbourne College

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    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.

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    More about the workshop here.

    All pics and GIFS by the brilliant students of Ravensbourne.


  3. 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!


  4. 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


  5. 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 & realised by Fay Nicolson.


  6. 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


  7. 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.


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

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    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.


  9. DesignMarketo—retrospection

    Last December, DesignMarketo was invited to show its first retrospection (yes, somewhere between a retrospective and an introspection, it’s a retrospection), DesignMarketo en Barcelona at Otrascosas de Villarrosas gallery in Barcelona in December 2011. The exhibition space looked amazing, designed by Lars Frideen and Jordi Canudas (waiting for pictures here! Anyone?), and featured a variety of products launched during various events organised, the BookSetting poster being one of them.

    On this occasion, DesignMarketo also launched its first book, (designed by DesignMarketo themselves!) presenting designers, products and events from the main events organised so far. It includes an introduction text by Brit Leissler and the photographs I’ve been taking for DesignMarketo those past 3 years.

    A4, 64pages, printed laser & Riso as an edition of 100 only.
    Get it from here!


  10. Sofia Design Week: When life gives you bulgur, make lemonade

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    During the Sofia Design Week, DesignMarketo will present Lemonade For All, a new collection of specially commissioned products made by a selection of international designers. The new collection will be presented in their pop up shop/workshop, where they will be handing out freshly home-made lemonade to visitors.

    For this occasion, I’m giving a cooking workshop entitles When life gives you bulgur, make lemonade, a twisted interpretation of the popular saying about doing the best of what you have. This is happening on Wednesday 15 June, 2-5pm, so please do pop in if you are in Sofia!

    The workshops are free and opened to all. They are limited to about 10-15 people and booking by email is essential. Bookings are based on a first booked/first served basis. To register: info@designmarketo.com

    INFORMATION
    DesignMarketo
    5 Open Art Space
    1? Hristo Botev Blvd.
    1606 Sofia, Bulgaria
    (Next to “Pette Kiusheta”)
    Open everyday 10am to 7pm.

    More info, design, worskhops and lemonade here: http://designmarketo.com/events/sofia-design-week-2011/