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. Graphic Gathering, V&A

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    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.

    http://www.vam.ac.uk/info/secondary-schools-colleges


  3. 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.


  4. 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


  5. 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!


  6. 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.


  7. 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

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    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


  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. Presentation @ LCC

     

    As a London College of Communication alumni, I was asked to give a presentation of my work to students of the MA Graphic Design course, along with Adam Hypki, who presented his research on the meta-narrations built by the juxtaposition of at first glance unrelated images in daily newspapers, and their echo to History of Art. I was asked to discuss my research on typographic forms for ephemeral messages, emphasing the difficulties in finding a satisfying direction.
    It’s always nice to look back to where an idea came from, what didn’t work, and how vastly the frame of work always seemed to expand, however narrowly you tried to pinpoint it.
    I loved the refreshingly dynamic attitude of the students, who allowed the lecture to turn into the kind conversation about graphic design and semiotics that I would like to have more often.