19?9 - seminar with Société Réaliste

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14 October 3-6 p.m.
Société Réaliste - 19?9

At the seminar as first step Société Réaliste would like to make visible the changes in the Hungarian Constitution since 1949 and to ask the participants to start a massive amendment process in order to decorticate the very concept of the "constitution", this juridico-typographic tool of rule.
For further information on the seminar see the link ´Description of the seminar...´ on the right.(if the link does not work, refresh the site)

To take part in the seminar, please send a motivation letter to until 12 October 2009.

14 October, 6 p.m.
Société Réaliste
Glyphs and Strata – lecture

Since its first exhibition “IGM: MDCCLXX IX” held at Karton Gallery in Budapest in February 2005, the Paris-based cooperative Société Réaliste has developed a hybrid research and production work on the constitution of signs and inscription systems. At the crossroads of methodologies inherited from graffiti, typography, pattern design or calligrams, Société Réaliste is interested in the zone of blurriness lying between texts and images. In parallel to its plastic experiments, the cooperative advances discursive motives to justify its obsessions about languages meltdowns and amalgamations based on the writing practice of the French Enlightenment writer Nicolas-Edme Rétif de la Bretonne, that for the last five years remained a persistent source of inspiration for the artists. Presenting the main interrogations coming from the public writing technique of Rétif, Société Réaliste will try to relate various dimensions of its own work, from its investigations in the field of political design to its concerns regarding territorial ergonomy, and the very point where territories are written and languages disposed.
The lecture starts at 5 p.m.

Société Réaliste has been created by Ferenc Gróf and Jean-Baptiste Naudy in June 2004. Polytechnic, it develops its production schemes through exhibitions, publications and conferences. In 2009, Société Réaliste has presented its work in solo exhibitions in Marseille, Paris and London, within international biennials in Athens, Ljubljana, Istanbul and Lyon, as well as in multiple group exhibitions in Spain, France, Belgium, Poland, Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, the Netherlands and the USA.

Related events:

15 October 18:00, Dorottya Gallery
Helvetica (directed by Gary Hustwit) - screening
Introduction by Márton Orosz, typographer, art historian
Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which recently celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives.

22 October 17:00, Platán Gallery
Branka Stipancić: Mladen Stilinović - Artist’s Books
Piotr Rypson: Out of Type – Polish Artist Publications
Géza Perneczky: Artists´ publication on the border of underground and avant-garde

The first two lectures are in English, the third one in Hungarian.

Partners: Artpool Art Research Center, Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development, Hungarian National Gallery, Labor, Pest Workshop - János Fajó, Petőfi Literary Museum - Kassák Museum, Polish Institute, Ernő Sára, Krisztina Somogyi

Supported by: National Cultural Fund - Hungary, Budapest Autumn Festival, Ministry of Education and Culture

The exhibition and event series are part of the international project Art Always Has Its Consequences co-financed by the Culture 2007 program of the European Union.

Typopass - Critical design and conceptual typography

19_9.doc (doc, 31 kb)