Our international guests, who included Stephen Banham, Donald Beekman, Walter Bohatsch, Paul Elliman, Experimental Jetset, Masayoshi Kodaira, Indra Kupferschmid, Christian Schwartz and Leonardo Sonnoli, were here, in Wellington, for five days – three of presentations and two of workshops – all under the one roof at Shed 11 and Site 7 – encircled by satellite events, forums and panels for discussion and debate, evening projections and entertainment. Opening evening drinks (Seresin wines and finger food by Jenny Neligan); a second evening of Tuatara beer, bread and cheese to launch Bennewith’s book ‘Joseph Churchward’ and ‘The National Grid’ #5; refreshments each day (organic apples, Whittakers chocolate, and Antipodes water); and the final night with impromptu guest My Little Soundsystem (NL) who performed following the successful auction of Sonnoli’s ‘Le cadavre exquis’, offered the prospect to learn, mix and meet at New Zealand’s first ever, never-to-be-repeated TypeSHED11.
A full programme constructed from lectures, interspersed with interviews, short films and title sequences, workshops, exhibitions and installations created the very real possibility for social and intellectual exchange with passionate typographers and designers from about the world – Europe, the Americas, Asia, Pacific, Australia and New Zealand.
*All seasons in five days ... sunshine, mist, rain, wind and sunshine again ...
above: ‘For the record’ / Paul Elliman Untitled spirit photograph, 2008 and ‘Dead Scissors’, 2007 / David Bennewith ‘Suggestions’ poster, 2007