University Art Museum's 'Courier' exhibit
“Courier” features works by 11 artists from five countries, including the U.S., who “explore the physical, communicative and iconic properties of the typewriter,” but there is so much more than that to think about here, if one slows down enough to experience it. Mostly black-and-white, this is the kind of exhibit that doesn’t come to you, so you must go to it. Posted on November 15, 2010.
Actor Michael Winslow is seen in Ignacio Uriarte’s film “The History of the Typewriter Recited by Michael Winslow.” In the 21-minute film, the actor known for a range of sound effects mimics 32 different typewriters.
Visitors view and contemplate Daniela Comani’s “It Was Me. Diary 1900-1999.” In this work, Comani created a “diary” of the 20th century, typing one event for each day of a calendar year.
This is a section of Daniela Comani's "It Was Me. Diary 1900-1999.
This image is from Ann Hamilton's soundless 13-minute video of a fingertip erasing a single letter of type from a pane of glass, then retracing that movement to print the letter again in reverse.
Lee Etheredge IV’s “near devils den, 2003” features typewriting on a photograph, a process that adds another dimension for the viewer.
This image is from Xu Bing’s “Book From the Ground.” Computer stations at the exhibit enable visitors to translate words into “airplane symbol speak.”
Computer stations at the exhibit enable visitors to translate words into “airplane symbol speak” from Xu Bing’s “Book From the Ground.”