Forms of Inscription: Surfaces, Patterns & the Typography of Place

Joanne Lee in conversation with Paul Wilson

Location: Sheffield Hallam University
Year: 2016

Forms of Inscription examined the relationship between communication, meaning and landscape, through reference to artist Joanne Lee and typography researcher Paul Wilson’s individual research. Foregrounding the, often overlooked, ephemera of everyday places, such as ‘chewing gum constellations’, fly tipping sites, and the typography of working men’s clubs, Lee and Wilson presented their own methods of ‘close looking’, and discussed the value of interdisciplinary approaches to engaging with a place.

The discussion also coincided with In Return – a group exhibition at Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, which explored the legacy of post-industrial landscapes and production, and included new work by Joanne Lee, developed in response to her explorations of Sheffield’s Don Valley.

Joanne Lee is an artist, writer and publisher with a curiosity about everyday life and the ordinary places in which she lives and works. Much of her activity emerges through a serial publication, the Pam Flett Press, which explores the visual, verbal and temporal possibilities of the ‘essay’, and via the opportunities for production that arise in dialogue with creative and critical friends. She is Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Sheffield Hallam University.
Dr. Paul Wilson is a Lecturer in the School of Design at the University of Leeds, whose research explores the intersections of language, landscape, community and communication. His current research investigates designed narratives of community and place. In particular, it explores the potential for critically-engaged typographies focusing on sites of class experience and situated knowledge at moments or points of change or transition.

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