Can we imagine a form of writing, which is neither done by hand, nor by using a sort of keyboard? A writing which is neither chirographical nor typographical? A writing with letters, which change while writing and reading? Are you ready to enter the Void?

On Friday 8 November 2019 Underware’s Akiem Helmling and Bas Jacobs completed their Berlin Triptych, with this lecture at CreativeMornings Berlin. What started in 2017 with the first lecture “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old”, was followed by the second lecture in 2018 titled “Export Future”.

Three lectures filled with developments, ideas, concepts, approaches, sketches, thoughts, perspectives, and mostly questions, in this case focused on letters, but they apply to other subjects too. During the first 2 lectures of this Berlin Triptych various typographic ideas – for example Font Fiction, Higher Order Interpolation or the SuperFont™ – were introduced. Next week Friday we gonna see where this journey will end up.

If you missed out on the first 2 lectures, don’t worry. You can either still do your homework and watch them online before you attend (see links above), or completely surprise yourself and enjoy the third lecture without any previous knowledge. We’ll leave that up to you.

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Underware is an international type-collective located in Amsterdam, Den Haag and Helsinki, established in 1999. They publish about type, they talk about type and encourage (and mobilize) others to talk about type.

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At the moment there exists a kind of letter logic, that says A ≠ B, meaning: A and B are two different letters. In our model this logic is replaced by a form causality, meaning that a letter is what it becomes. — Underware

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