Vaguely Specified Objects
Our Polite Society
“In the beginning of 2014, Étienne Hervy, artistic director of 25th edition of the International Poster and Graphic Design Festival of Chaumont (France), invited us to take part in a collective exhibition – Three Projects: This is Not a Wild Card – held at the Chapelle des Jésuites. We took this opportunity to collect and present railroad signs, gathered along the route Amsterdam – Chaumont, leading from the Netherlands via Belgium to France. We collected the signs in a (dingbats) font which we presented at the Chapelle.
By talking the signs out of their everyday functional living space and by placing them in the sphere of a graphic design exhibition, we wanted to reactive them in order to propose and allow a new way of looking at them. At the same time, we wanted to point at the archiving/conserving/treasuring function of a font: a font conceived not as a toolbox filled with the letters of an alphabet, but as a container and transporter, as part of a road trip.
In the font and the type specimen, all signs come together with shared properties and in a seemingly arbitrary order, generated by the production process (first font production software, then offset printing). The presentation in the Chapelle des Jésuites consisted of a series of printing sheets displayed on wooden panels, extracted from an edition os specimen books. The book, wth a text by Paul Gangloff, can be purchased through us, just send an email if you’re interested. The dingbats font is available for download through a code thats comes with each copy of the book.”