Amandine Alessandra: News & Projects / Portfolio

  1. A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree.

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    A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree. Spike Milligan
    Experimentation using branches as a matrix.


  2. Mapplethorpe ll

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    Mapplethope ll

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    This is a second version of the Mapplethorpe alphabet, using the American photographer’s world as a mood board.
    This is part of my research on how to get a letter to mean more than it reads.

    A few more letters here.


  3. Take a seat and say something

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    Same as before but thought of as an installation/live type.


  4. Ideographic Alphabet [sic]

    (and chair-reading)

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    Ferdinand de Saussure only acknowledged two forms of writing: Alphabetic (letter form and phonetic based) and ideographic (based on pictorial symbols).

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    This ideographico-alphabetic type is only to be used to talk about the very specific chair the letter form is based on.


  5. Phonetic Alphabet

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    After all those years in the UK, I’ve never managed to get used to phonetic alphabet. It always takes me by surprise.
    For those who don’t live on Albion, whenever you ring err, let’s say a phone line provider, people spell everything very fast using the NATO phonetic alphabet. It’s probably fine if your name is John Smith, that would be Juliet-Oscar-Hotel-November Sierra-Mike-India-Tango-Hotel.
    But there you go, mine is an interminable 29 letters long, with the middle names. Add to this “J” being pronounced “gee”, and “g” “jay” and so on in French, It just takes me a huge effort to spell my name and it never comes out correctly anyway, but that’s almost for another post later on.
    What I was trying to say is that I usually have to make up my own phonetic alphabet as I spell.
    To which the person on the phone answers the correct phonetic alphabet word to ask for confirmation…well…