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

Poem Objects
Various sizes

Mark Owens
Born in 1971, USA


Mark Owens is a designer and writer working between Los Angeles and New York. He holds an MFA in graphic design from Yale University and an MA in English literature from Duke University. In 2004 he curated the traveling design exhibition The Free Library and in 2005 he established his studio, Life of the Mind. His work has been featured in the pages of Step, Idea, Graphic, Phaidon’s Area 2, and Graphic Design: Now in Production, among others. In 2007 he co-edited with Zak Kyes the exhibition catalogue for Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design at the Architectural Association, London, and his critical essays have appeared in Dot Dot Dot, Visible Language, and Grafik. In 2010 he co-founded the independent publishing imprint Oslo Editions, and in 2012 he was awarded a Warhol Foundation Creative Capital Arts Writer’s Grant for the completion his forthcoming book, Graphics Incognito: Design, Material Culture, and Post-punk Aesthetics. He has been a visiting critic at Yale, RISD, and Art Center College of Design, and visiting faculty in the MFA program at California Institute of the Arts.

The ancillary materials created for Typojanchi 2013—a tote bag, pencil, notebook, badge, and poster—function as a meditation on the passage from letters to literature. Taking inspiration from the French OuLiPo group, or Workshop for Potential Literature, these “poem objects” pose the question of a literature prior to language and the literary potential of typography. Using a custom-designed “anonymous” humanist sans that owes a debt to Edward Johnston, Eric Gill, and Paul Renner, among others, these objects function primarily as surfaces that point up the material dimension of typography. The objects are accompanied by a short lecture which is diagrammed in an accompanying poster.

[Mark Owens]

Mark Owens

Mark Owens

Courtesy: the artist

© Typojanchi 2013