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
E. typojanchi@kcdf.kr

Typojanchi 2011

Antennae
 
2009–ongoing
Offset lithography, sewn in sections, cover
13.5 x 21 cm each; thickness and extent vary
Amsterdam: Valiz

Metahaven
Founded in 2007, Amsterdam:
Daniel van der Velden, b. 1971, the Netherlands
Vinca Kruk, b. 1980, the Netherlands

metahaven.net

Antennae is a series of essays published by Valiz, Amsterdam, with an intention “to pinpoint certain phenomena or new lines of thought in the arts and to explore them.” It is meant to provide a “point of reference for further discussion and research,” rather than—by implication—self-contained works. Eight volumes have been published since 2009, and the subjects include the significance of the artist’s studio, the artist as researcher and community art.

Amsterdam-based studio Metahaven has given the series a unique visual identity. The cover of each volume features amorphous shapes in contrasting colors blurred together. It looks like a piece of a larger pattern, although its exact identity is unknown. But it does create a sense of being very close to something. A small black bar consistently appears on the cover as well as on the inside pages, functioning as a “logo.” On the spine, it becomes a part of a “library label,” the impression being reinforced by spot gloss on the uncoated paper. This device seems to suggest that the books—and, by extension, the ideas within—are to be circulated among and used by the public, rather than simply kept private and protected.


Founded by Daniel van der Velden and Vinca Kruk, Metahaven is a studio for design and research focusing on politics and aesthetics. Recent projects include the solo exhibition Islands in the Cloud at MoMA PS1, New York; Nomadic Chess: Geography, an installation at the Chaumont International Poster and Graphic Design Festival; Facestate, an installation for the travelling exhibition Graphic Design: Now in Production; the e-book Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? Memes, Design and Politics, published by Strelka Press, 2013; and branding and merchandise design for WikiLeaks. Uncorporate Identity, an anthology of their speculative design proposals, writings and ideas, was published in 2010 by Lars Müller Publishers.

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