Typojanchi 2013
Seoul International Typography Biennale

August 30–October 11
10:00 am– 7:00 pm
Closed every Monday
Free admission

Culture Station Seoul 284
1 Tongil-ro, Jung-gu
Seoul 100-162, Korea
T. 82-2-3407-3500
F. 82-2-3407-3510


Hosted by
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Organized by
Korea Craft & Design Foundation
Korean Society of Typography


Typojanchi 2013
Administration Office
Korea Craft & Design Foundation
5F, 53 Yulgok-no, Jongno-gu
Seoul 110-240, Korea
T. 82-2-398-7945
F. 82-2-398-7999
E. typojanchi@kcdf.kr

Typojanchi 2011

Mixed-media installation
Dimensions variable

The Book Society
Founded in 2010, Seoul:
Helen Ku, b. 1976, Korea
Lim Kyung yong, b. 1975, Korea


The Book Society is a small bookstore in Seoul, doubling as a cultural space and a platform for publishing. Founded by Helen Ku and Lim Kyung yong in 2010, it has been playing an important role in the culture of independent art, design and publishing. It has participated in many curatorial and editorial projects, and published two volumes of 00 Document (in 2009 and 2013), which reports on the autonomous activities of various cultural communities operating in Seoul. It has also participated in many exhibitions as an artist and/or curator, including Life: A User’s Manual (Culture Station Seoul 284, 2012), Stone And Land (Ccuull, Seoul, 2012), Beautiful Books in Korea 2010 (Seoul Art Space Seokyo, 2011) and The Design in the Age of Creative Seoul (Insa Art Space, Seoul, 2010).

Bookshops is a temporary bookshop opening during the Typojanchi 2013. In fact, it is a “hub” of ten small-scale, independent bookstores from around the world. The invited bookstores are all different in terms of size and context, but they do share a similar spirit of independence and experimentation. Bookshops attempts to identify the conditions under which these struggling agents of culture are operating, and initiate a dialog with them. A selection of books from the invited bookstores are displayed, and the conversations between them and the Book Society on the issues of autonomy are presented. Bookshops sheds light on a material base of design and publishing, and provides a perspective on the global situation of independent culture.

Participating shops:

b-books (Berlin)
The Book Society (Seoul)
Lugemik Bookshop (Tallinn)
Ommu (Athens)
Perimeter (Melbourne)
San Serriffe (Amsterdam)
Section 7 Books (Paris)
split/fountain (Auckland)
Stand Up Comedy (Portland)
Utrecht (Tokyo)






© Typojanchi 2013