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From Q to M: Three Centuries of Typewriter Art (talk and live typing)

Optical Structure and Beethoven Today

The first typewriter artist to find fame was Flora F. F. Stacey, with her butterfly drawing of 1898; but since the very beginning of the typewriter’s existence, artists, designers, poets and writers have used this rigorous medium to produce an astounding range of creative work. Join Barrie Tullet as he guides us through three centuries of typewriter art and special guest Keira Rathbone who will be live typing throughout the evening, demonstrating how this most rigorous and unforgiving of machines still inspires today.

Talk with Barrie Tullett (7:15pm) with live typing from Keira Rathbone (6:30pm) on Wednesday 24 September 2014 at the St Bride Foundation.

[Copy taken from the St Bride Foundation website]

Standard – £15.00
Concessions (Over 60 & Friends of St Bride) –  £12.50
Students (bring NUS card) – £10.00

Barrie Tullett is Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at the Lincoln School of Art and Design, and cofounder of The Caseroom Press, an independent publisher of artists’ books based in Lincoln and Edinburgh. As a freelance graphic designer, his clients have included Canongate Books, Princeton University Press and Penguin Books, amongst others.

Keira Rathbone’s unique art explores the often forgotten creative tool – the typewriter. Her works involve using a typewriter as a drawing and mark-making instrument, a discipline that has evolved over a ten year period to create works as stunningly complex as they are beautiful and absorbing. Works and performances are developed from many sources; live events, people and architecture prove that the typewriter is a valid and provocative medium that challenges our perceptions of technology and the creative process.

Copies of Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology by Barrie Tullet, published by Laurence King, will be available to purchase on the evening at £19.95 each.

Images courtesy of Laurence King: Eduard Ov?á?ek – Optical Structure, 1964 (left). Bob Cobbing — Beethoven Today, 1970 (right).

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  1. It is amazing how typewriters can be used to create masterpieces.


    October 22, 2014

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