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

Future: Hello, I am Present
Handwriting on ready-made stationery, ink
Dimensions variable

Gu Lei
Born in 1979, China


Gu Lei is a graphic designer based in Beijing, founder of the studio TINYworkshop and a partner of G_Lab. He has worked for many cultural and commercial clients for their brand strategies and graphic communication. His work has been widely recognized, including the TDC Annual Awards 2013 and 2012, China Design Exhibition 2012, HKDA Global Design Awards 2011, China International Poster Biennial 2011, and International Graphic Design Biennial 5.

Originally created for the exhibition Get It Louder in Beijing, 2012, Future: Hello, I am Present is a conversation between Gu Lei in the present/past and himself in the future/present. By a simple means involving ready-made stationery and postal service, he contemplates on the emotions embedded in the passage of time. His gesture of concealment—a practical treatment to ensure the reuse of the stationery, but also a possible metaphor for forgetting—may suggest the sad yet necessary conditions for the Future to continue its life.

September 25, 2012, afternoon, Beijing, cloudy with light rain, I visit a nearby post office to buy stationery.

September 26, I visit the post office again, and send a letter to myself. From now on, the envelope and the letter begin their own lives. This time of the day is their starting point.

A few days later, I receive them. I take out the letter and read: “Future: Hello, I am Present. Very pleased to meet you. When you see this letter, I’ll have become Past, but…”

I cross out the content, and cover the information on the envelope, hoping that someone in the future may extend their lives and bring them to another Future.

[Gu Lei]


© Typojanchi 2013