Friday, 4:30pm
18 October 2013

Noted #55

Japanese shunga, a typographic video game, Printed Pages, The Golden Thread, Karlssonwilker and Soviet board games

Here are a few links to games, magazines, blogs, books, workshops and exhibitions that piqued our interest this week.

Cosmografik, Type:Rider, 2013.
Kitagawa Utamaro (d. 1806), Lovers in the upstairs room of a teahouse, from Utamakura (Poem of the Pillow), ca. 1788. © The Trustees of the British Museum.

Type: Rider, released 10 October 2013, is a typographic video game that plots the history of faces such as Clarendon, Didot and Garamond, in game format, under the premise that ‘the history of letters is, in the end, the history of mankind’, says co-creator Théo Le Du Fuentes of Arte Creative.

Cover and spread from Printed Pages issue 3, 2013.



It’s Nice That launched issue three of Printed Pages, with features on Seymour Chwast of Push Pin Studios (currently exhibiting at Kemistry Gallery), Dian Hanson (The Little Book of Butts and The Big Penis Book) and illustrator Brecht Vanderbroucke, among others.

‘Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art’ trailer, at the British Museum 3 October 2013-5 January 2014).

Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art’ opened recently at the British Museum, London. The exhibition features shunga or ‘spring pictures’ works from 1600-1900, created mostly by the artists of the ukiyo-e or ‘floating world’ school.

Cover of The Golden Thread: The Story of Writing by Ewan Clayton (Atlantic Books, £25).


Ewan Clayton has recently published The Golden Thread: The Story of Writing. In addition, he will be running a ‘Drawing letters’ workshop at the Ditchling Musuem of Art and Craft in East Sussex, Saturday 19 October 2013.

A Soviet board game from 1930 on Ross Wolfe’s blog, The Charnel-House: From Bauhaus to Beinhaus.


Ross Wolfe published a blog post about Soviet board games that caught our eye, including visual examples from 1924-1933.

The cover and spread from Karlssonwilker’s new portfolio book, 15 Projects* in 5 Minutes, ‘…for fast readers *+additional entertainment’.



Karlssonwilker, who recently spoke at AGI Open in London (see ‘The accessible elite’ in Eye 86 and ‘Collaboratively speaking’ on the Eye blog), sent over a copy of their new book of selected works, 15 Projects* in 5 Minutes including commissions for Musuem of the Moving Image, Wolf-Gordon, Mini and twelve others.

Don’t miss ‘Sky Ignition Arts Memory Palace’, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London until 20 October 2013. (Read ‘Wordplay for a picture palace’ in Eye 86).

Peter Biľak’s metal type, installed in the ‘Sky Ignition Arts Memory Palace’ exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Peter Bilak at Memory Palace 2013GK4838_re

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