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EXHIBITION

Picture a typewriter and most likely what will come to mind is a compact machine, a familiar keyboard, and monospaced Latin alphabet. But how does a typewriter work for Hindi or Tamil, Arabic or Hebrew, Mongolian or Japanese; and what about typewriters for musical notations, or for an alphabet for the blind. This exhibition situates the quintessential twentieth-century writing machine – the mechanical typewriter – within a rarely seen diversity of languages, interactions, and interfaces. But most of all, this selection of machines and mechanical devices offers a glimpse into the broad spectrum of ingenuity behind the production of textual matter in different writing systems: a look into the creativity and resourcefulness not only of innovators and manufacturers, but also that of adapters and users around the world.
 

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CONFERENCE

Picture a typewriter and most likely what will come to mind is a compact machine, a familiar keyboard, and monospaced Latin alphabet. But how does a typewriter work for Hindi or Tamil, Arabic or Hebrew, Mongolian or Japanese; and what about typewriters for musical notations, or for an alphabet for the blind. This exhibition situates the quintessential twentieth-century writing machine – the mechanical typewriter – within a rarely seen diversity of languages, interactions, and interfaces. But most of all, this selection of machines and mechanical devices offers a glimpse into the broad spectrum of ingenuity behind the production of textual matter in different writing systems: a look into the creativity and resourcefulness not only of innovators and manufacturers, but also that of adapters and users around the world.
 

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BOOK LAUNCH

This exhibition puts forward an exciting sample of the diversity of Indian-language films and their graphic art. It is common to find the term ‘Indian cinema’ used mainly to evoke ‘Bollywood’ films – or what is largely the Hindi film industry. In contrast to this mainstream, this exhibition’s curated selection presents rarely-seen posters for films from the last century in the various living and thriving languages of India. Focusing in particular on the title-lettering in film posters, this selection aims to highlight the richly variegated – and often whimsical and unconventional – approaches to the design of expressive letterforms in multiple scripts: a practice that often sits precariously against the backdrop of better-known traditions in sign-painting and calligraphy.