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

Bastard Battle
 
2008
Offset lithography, cut and glued, cover
12 x 18 x 1.2 cm, 112 pp
Text by Céline Minard
Paris: Éditions Dissonances / Chaumont: Pôle graphisme

Fanette Mellier
Born in 1977, France

fanettemellier.com

Bastard Battle is a novel by Céline Minard, commissioned and designed by Fanette Mellier as part of her residency project at the 2008 Chaumont International Poster and Graphic Design Festival. A story of a strange battle in Chaumont, 1437, the novel intermingles an account of a real historical event with characters out of Japanese manga and Chinese sword movies, punctuating Old French language with references to kung fu. “The text is a UFO with a peculiar, almost cinematic energy,” says Mellier in a conversation with Michael Aberman. “I wanted the book to look like a paperback… that has gone crazy. As if the contaminating text has possessed the book.”

At first glance, the small book with black cover and black-edged pages looks somber and mysterious, but perhaps not particularly crazy. Open the book, and one notices that between solid columns of beautifully set text and out of the deep gutter (the binding is rather stiff and the book resists easy opening), bright colors are shedding. Keep reading on, then the typeface starts mutating sporadically into something alluding to comic strips, the black ink blurring and separating into the primary colors of yellow, cyan and magenta. At certain pages, the “contamination” is so spectacular that the book does look possessed by some inexplicable force. But the treatment is seamless and natural, and one is tempted to imagine that something must have happened to this particular copy, not that it was designed that way. Suspension of disbelief—Bastard Battle demonstrates that the literary device can also be applied to, and reinforced by, typography.


Fanette Mellier graduated from École supérieure des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg in 2000. Her activities are centered on typography and design of exhibition posters, gallery catalogs, artist’s books and other projects for cultural institutions. Combining commissions and self-initiated researches, her work often addresses the materiality of printed objects. From 2012 to 2013, she was a designer-in-residence at the Académie de France in Rome (Villa Medicis).

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