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

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Hosted by
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Organized by
Korea Craft & Design Foundation
Korean Society of Typography

Credits

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
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Typojanchi 2011

Ghost(s) Writer
 
2013
Plastic
Dimensions variable

Karl Nawrot
Born in 1976, France

voidwreck.com

The title of Karl Nawrot’s piece, Ghost(s) Writer, may read in two ways: it can be a pun on “ghostwriter,” a person who writes for someone else, but it can also be a play on “typewriter,” a machine to produce characters. But a typewriter is meant to produce text, while Nawrot’s Ghost(s) Writer does not immediately suggest that. What is it, then? Nawrot explains that it is “an object dedicated to the act of sketching… It rejects the idea of a definitive form and its function is left to the user or the viewer and can be approached as a typewriter, a construction game or a sculpture.”

The nonsensical, abstract pieces are put on a grid to form figures that faintly remind of certain things—such as alphabet letters. But the figures and the meanings are not inherent in the object: they are projected on it by the user/viewer. In that sense, it is the user/viewer who is the ghostwriter, who writes for Ghost(s) Writer. Or, is it called Ghost(s) Writer because, as a typewriter produces type-like characters, it produces ghosts?


Karl Nawrot, also known as Walter Warton, combines drawing, model-making, type design and illustration to explore the potential narratives in between childlike lines and violent shapes, architectural structures and surreally distorted spaces. Nawrot studied illustration at the École Émile Cohl, Lyon, and graphic design at the Werkplaats Typograpfie in Arnhem. He has participated in exhibitions at such institutions as Gutenberg-Museum, Mainz; Culture Station Seoul 284; Museum für Gestaltung Zürich; Pitti Immagine, Florence; and 12Mail, Paris. His solo exhibition, Mind Walk I, was held at the Eastside Project, Birmingham, in 2013. He taught drawing at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, and is currently teaching drawing and typography as guest professor at the University of Seoul.

Ghost(s) Writer

Courtesy: the artist


Ghost(s) Writer

Courtesy: the artist


Ghost(s) Writer

Courtesy: the artist


Ghost(s) Writer

Courtesy: the artist


Ghost(s) Writer

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