Ficciones Typografika

Typographic poster project for public spaces in Minneapolis, curated by Erik Brandt

Ficciones Typografika is a project dedicated to typographic exploration in a public space. The exhibition surface is a 72″ × 36″ poster board fixed to the exterior of my garage wall which can host three 24″ × 36″ posters at a time. There are a few simple production limitations but the only brief is that contributors somehow address the idea of typographic fiction.

In the beginning, invitations were selective but also broadly based. I wanted the project to feature both professionals and students alike and simply invited people whose work I admired. Since then, I have opened it up to submissions and I now have many, many posters of exceptional quality waiting to go up.

The response to the project from passers-by has been wonderful. I speak with people on a daily basis now, many of whom have adapted their walking routes to have a look at what’s new. It is immensely gratifying to be involved with people in this way.

Aside from the interaction with the contributors and passers-by, making the wheatpaste and hanging the posters, it is incredibly satisfying to watch the prints take on a new life as they wrinkle, contract, and expand. The project creates no waste and is entirely concerned with human imagination and desire. It is humbling and inspiring all at once.

Erik Brandt


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