I am working on images for a new project… there will be more info soon!
How exiting: I have been invited to talk about letterforms and typography at a couple of events during the next few weeks.
At the joint event of Flexibles Flimmern and Typostammtisch Hamburg on March 13, I will do an introduction for the film TYPEFACE by Justine Nagan. On March 16, for the Pecha Kucha night at Buchstabenmuseum Berlin I present my first Pecha Kucha ever (very late, I know), titled “An A is an a is an a – During the past three years I took photos of 2136 shop signs in Hamburg and Chicago – WHY?” And I will re-present this 6.40 minute long talk at the Pecha Kucha Night in Hamburg on April 3. Hope to see you there!
Typostammtisch and Flexibles Filmmern show TYPEFACE by Justine Nagan
Documentary & Exhibition
wednesday March 13, doors open at 19:00 Uhr, movie starts at 20:00
Projektor Raum, Sternstr. 4, Hamburg
Typostammtisch shows TYPEFACE documentary by Justine Nagan
Pecha Kucha at Buchstabenmuseum Berlin
Saturday March 16, 17:00
Showroom: Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 13
10178 Berlin (Berlin Carré, Alexanderplatz)
A letter-ly Pecha Kucha at Buchstabenmuseum Berlin
Pecha Kucha Night Hamburg
Wednesday April 3, 20:00
Haus III & 70, Schulterblatt 73, Hamburg
Pecha Kucha Night Hamburg
I just posted a longer article about the Illustration Research Symposium that took place on November 8. and 9. in Krakow. At the Symposium I gave a talk entitled “The Male-Female-Fuck You-Drawing: About the Role of Illlustration in Queer-Feminist Communities” and spoke about the work of Berlin-based artist trouble x. If you would like to read the paper, please get in touch. I am still revising it, but I’d be happy to send you a draft.
Chicago-based art critic and curator Kate Korroch interviewed me about And Then She’s Like And He Goes – Exhibition at A+D Gallery. The interview was for Sixty Inches From The Center, a Chicago based Arts Archive that covers art, practices and people creating work outside of the central institutions in Chicago.
If you would like to know more about sound-evoking text art, transatlantic installation instructions, and German compound nouns read the interviewon SIFC.
Here is an installation shot of my piece OH SURE, installed for And Then She’s Like/ And He Goes
the group exhibition I curated at A+D Gallery in Chicago. The show is on view until September 15, 2012.
And Then She’s Like
And He Goes
Curated by Chris Campe
August 9 – September 15, 2012
A+D Gallery, 619 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago
Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 5 pm
Thursday 11 am – 8 pm
Closing Reception: September 6, 2012, 5–8 p.m.
ColumbiaCrawl, a campus-wide evening of visual and performing arts
6pm, Gallery Talk with the artists followed by a performance of
The Wilhelm Scream by Jeff Kolar
Jana Sotzko & Elen Flügge
Mark Addison Smith
About the Show
Someone is telling us that she said something and he answered—what we don’t know. What we do know: there are at least three people involved here: she, he, and the person telling us about their conversation. And actually, we are involved, too. It is up to us, the audience, to speculate what she said and he replied, or what she inquired and how he responded, or what she threw at him and what he retorted. Even though the content of the dialog is left out its colloquial language evokes distinct voices in our head and entices us to imagine what is going on.
The exhibition And Then She’s Like/ And He Goes combines text-based visual art with language-based sound art to highlight the works’ multi-sensory appeal as a mode of storytelling. Seeing and reading text in an artwork involves hearing, even if only inside the viewers head, and listening to spoken words and sound involuntarily brings images to the mind‘s eye, even when the language is not straightforwardly descriptive. The artists examine these audible qualities of image-text and the visual potential of language and sound. Intertwining documentation and fabulation they give us audio/visual bits and pieces and use non-linear narrative to draw us into their stories. Rather than over the course of the traditional beginning, middle, and end the narrative comes alive in the overlap between word, image and sound. Although there is no way of knowing for sure what she said and he replied, the works in the show invite us to be involved in the story.
Here’s a link to the show’s catalog, with an essay by John Corbett:
My proposal for a presentation titled Folk As Queer? The Role of Illustrations in Transnational Queer-Feminist Communities has been accepted for the third Illustration Research Symposium. The Symposium takes place in Krakow on November 8 and 9 this year.
Here is a brief synopsis of the paper I have yet to write:
Folk as Queer?
The Role of Illustrations in Transnational Queer-Feminist Communities
While the often nationalist and conservative traits of folk art in Germany are diametrically opposed to the values of radical queer communities, thinking folk art together with contemporary queer illustration creates a productive friction. In my presentation I examine illustration as a means of establishing, maintaining and strengthening radical queer-feminist communities in Germany, as an example of a larger transnational community. I propose that drawings in these contexts function as a tool for a queer visual activism that is geared in two directions: outside of the community to educate and to advocate thinking beyond binary gender, and within the community to provide instances of recognition and belonging.
Read more about the symposium: Illustration Research Symposium 3
The show I curated at A+D Gallery in Chicago will open tomorrow!
And Then She’s Like/ And He Goes runs from August 9 to September 15.
September 6th, 5-8 pm, Closing Reception and ColumbiaCrawl, a campus-wide evening of visual and performing arts.
6 pm: Gallery talk with the artists followed by a performance of The Wilhelm Scream by Jeff Kolar.
Participating artists include: Deb Sokolow, Mark Addison Smith, Tony Lewis, Anne Vagt, Mark Booth, Chris Campe, Jana Sotzko and Elen Flügge, and Jeff Kolar.
Find more information about the show on A+D Gallery’s website
And Then She’s Like
And He Goes
One of my drawings is on the flyer of the Berlin based club collective ://about blank. There will be another drawing on the flyer for next month and a third one in October. Have a look at the back of the flyer here: ://about blank – Flyer for August 2012
I have been working again at Villa Magdalena K. in Hamburg, using their amazing selection of wood type to print the back of my future business cards. I’ll print the contact information on the other side using a variety of lead type.
Letterpress printing new business cards