Right-to-Left Exhibition
1 December, 2012

I’ve shown so many images of this impressive show, so I won’t say too much. Mostly that if you are in Berlin in the next week (until December 9th, 2012), you must check this show out. Organized by the Berlin-based studio EPS51, they have brought together an array of designers, artists, and activists from across the Arab world in a remarkable way. Having now organized several exhibitions myself, I can more fully appreicate the efforts they put in and how outstanding the results are.

I finally visited the show after meeting one of the organizers, Ben Wittner, at the Babel symposium earlier in the week. The evening I stopped by there was a lecture by Huda Smitshuijzen-AbiFarès from Amsterdam. She spoke on Arabic Typography as an Agent of Resistance. If these topics interest you, there will be a few more: one on December 6th by Sandra Hetzl, Gabriela M. Keller, and guests from Syria; and the finissage on December 9th will host Nadine Chahine, Eps51, Pascal Zoghbi, and Antje Weitzel.

More info (and better images) are available at the Right-to-Left official website.


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Indian Newspaper Mastheads Exhibition
29 November, 2012

This is a huge post, but incredibly worthwhile if you can make it through the gallery. These 99 images show only a fraction of the content that this dense exhibition had to offer.

Also, be sure to read a bit more about the collection below the images.

This display was a major highlight of the Typography Day 2012 conference in Mumbai, India. Organized by the typocentric group Aksharaya, hundreds of individuals from around India sent in local and regional newspapers to assemble this significant collection.

Present here are more than 500 newspapers from every corner of the country*. The information accompanying the exhibition stated that there were 10 scripts and 26 languages represented in the show; according to their website, there were 16 languages and 12 scripts shown. Regardless of the correct figures, there is a rich variety of languages, letterforms, and styles that can be easily appreciated and referenced here.

Aksharaya has promised to now digitally archive this entire collection and make it available online for everyone! This will be quite an exciting and useful project, let’s keep our fingers that it actually happens.

More about this exhibition from Aksharaya’s website.

 

* This exhibition only contains a tiny sliver of India’s unbelievable newspaper assortment. As of 2011, there are over 80,000 registered newspapers!


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World Scripts Exhibition – Reykjavík Version
9 October, 2011

As seen at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Some of the usual Reading crew brought some of the usual non-Latin treasures from the department to share with the conference goers.


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David Buckingham: Hung Like Elvis
3 September, 2011

Pics from the opening party.

From Kit Schulte Gallery:

2. September bis 15. October 2011

Kit Schulte Contemporary Art starts the new season with the second solo exhibition Hung Like Elvis by American artist David Buckingham, celebrating the 2 year anniversary of the gallery in Berlin.

Buckingham’s sculptures are made of found metal seem deceptively simple, yet are brilliantly executed in technique and full of humor. Many of his artworks involve wordplay, challenging the viewer at first to decipher and recognize movie quotes or pop-culture phrases, charging the moment of recognition with active engagement, significance and amusement. For Hung Like Elvis, he created works reflecting elements of postwar American culture and a divided Germany, weaving in icons with subtle humor, irony and sarkasm.

For my Berlin show, I’ve decided to make a Luger, which is emblematic of Germany and has been made there for more than a century. As a kid I grew up watching Hogan’s Heroes, a TV show about crafty Americans in a German POW camp during WWII. That was my first experience with German/USA relations, through a situation comedy, complete with laugh track. Both Colonel Klink and Sergeant Schultz carried Lugers, so it seems natural that I make a Luger for this show.
—David Buckingham

Authoritarian relationships were newly interpreted in pop culture and had, with the American easiness, a liberating impact for Germany’s postwar generation. The lingering ideal of the military soldier was replaced with the rock ‘n’ roll hero Elvis Presley, and rebels like James Dean or Marlon Brando were glorified. While Germany was undergoing a serious and critical self-reflection on the Holocaust, America handled the experiences in a much lighter way, inventing situation comedies like Hogan’s Heroes, with Sergeant Schultz, a basically good-hearted man who, when confronted by evidence of prisoners’ covert activities, simply looked the other way, repeating “I hear nothing, I see nothing, I know nothing“. Even though the entertainment industry is Buckingham’s greatest resource, he also refers to political events. An example is the declaration “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) from John F. Kennedy’s speech on 26th of June in 1963 in front of Schöneberg’s city hall. The four words went around the world and are now part of our collective memory.

Buckingham’s sculptures are part of American popular culture: he plays with the disrespect inspired by stories of youthful rebellion and the provocative, blatant, even intentionally vulgar and cheesy forms of expression that violate socially established norms of taste. Hung Like Elvis, as the exhibition title, clearly sums it up.

David Buckingham was raised in New Orleans and now lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at the Rivington School in New York City, and has shown in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, New York and Chicago. His work has been included in an exhibition at the Riverside Art Museum, and in several private collections throughout the United States and Germany.


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Klaus Rähm Wortschätze Exhibition
17 April, 2011

Klaus Rähm: Wortschätze, Typografik – Satirische Inszenierungen von A-Z

08.04.2011 – 20.05.2011


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Welt Aus Schrift Exhibition
15 January, 2011

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Das Buchstaben (Letter!) Museum
1 February, 2009


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Dimension and Typography – the show
28 January, 2009

dimension and typography

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Aleksandra Mir Drawings @ Saatchi
29 November, 2008

Aleksandra Mir drawings at Saatchi Gallery
 
Check out saatchi-gallery.co.uk for some wonderful drawings by Aleksandra Mir. This virtual gallery has many pieces from the collection in relatively large sizes and some good commentary from the artist and gallery. These type-intensive drawings have a historical/newsroom influence that is especially poignant in today’s environment. Here are a couple images to whet your appetite:

Aleksandra Mir drawings at Saatchi Gallery
 
Aleksandra Mir drawings at Saatchi Gallery
 
See more at saatchi-gallery.co.uk


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Ceramics Exhibition in New York City
12 September, 2008

This show was at Parsons School of Design as a part of the TypeCon conference. This year’s conference theme was “Alphabet City”, which was the inspiration for the main portion of this exhibition – my Alphabet Cityscapes series.


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