Keynote announcement | Graphic memory: the many lives of letters, from handwriting to digital fonts & back (19–20 AUG)

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August 19, 2021 to August 20, 2021
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Communication, Cultural History / Studies, Fine Arts

Graphic memory: the many lives of letters, from handwriting to digital fonts & back 

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This in-person event and online conference has been organised in collaboration with the Frequencies Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded by artist Oscar Murillo and led by political scientist Clara Dublanc. 

From 24 July to 30 August 2021, over 40,000 canvases by more than 100,000 school children across the world will be brought together by Turner Prize-winning artist Oscar Murillo in a major installation marking the culmination of his eight-year project ‘Frequencies’. The project will be presented in its entirety for the first time by Artangel at Cardinal Pole Secondary School in Hackney, London, (where the IN-PERSON event will take place.) 

More details here:

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Keynote announcement: ONLINE conference

TIMOTHY INGOLD (University of Aberdeen) 

Timothy Ingold is one of the foremost anthropologists of his generation. He is the author of over fifteen books covering topics from evolution and social life to creativity and perception. He attended Churchill College, Cambridge, initially studying natural sciences but shifting to anthropology (BA in Social Anthropology 1970, PhD 1976). He is a fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen.

JILL GAGE (Newberry Library, Chicago)

Jill Gage is Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing, and Bibliographer for British Literature and History at the Newberry Library, Chicago. She received her PhD in English Literature from the University of London. She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has contributed to the Oxford companion to the book and The Newberry 125, and curated a number of exhibitions at the Newberry.

HUNTER DUKES (Tampere University, Finland)

Hunter Dukes is University Lecturer in English Literature at Tampere University, Finland, in the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences. He was educated at Pomona College (BA), King’s College (MPhil), and Peterhouse, Cambridge (PhD), where he also held a Research Fellowship. He is a Contributing Editor at The Public Domain Review. His essays and reviews have appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Los Angeles Review of BooksTimes Literary Supplement, and The Economist.



Keynote announcement: IN-PERSON event


Rosalind Wyatt trained initially in Calligraphy and Bookbinding, then completed an MA in Textiles at the Royal College of Art, London. She has worked with stitch and textiles for over twenty years, across the worlds of film, fashion, design, and art. Recent work includes training the leading cast how to write with a quill on the Oscar winning film The Favourite, and couture hand embroidered garments for Burberry UK. Rosalind uses her needle as a writing tool, and much of her work is informed by language, philosophy and textile provenance.


Anthony Burrill is a graphic artist who combines a knack for simplicity that packs a punch with analogue craft skills and powerful, positive messages. Burrill frequently collaborates with other forward-thinking creatives across disciplines spanning music, architecture, curation, education and more; pushing his traditional discipline of choice, letterpress printing, into bold new territories.


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Date of in-person event: 19 August 2021 • 2:00–5:00 pm (UK) 
Venue: Cardinal Pole Secondary School in Hackney, London
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Date of online conference: 20 August 2021 • 2:00–6:00 pm (UK)
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Conference organiser: Vaibhav Singh 
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