Immerse yourself in the world of writer and artist Douglas Coupland. During this exclusive print and designworkshop created by Douglas Coupland, you will design your own slogan posters and print them on a high-speed large-format Ricoh printer. While sipping a professionally shaken cocktail, you will explore the possibilities of one of the most popular typefaces of the previous century: the Helvetica font. Inspired by Coupland’s series 100 Slogans for the 21st Century, in which he shares statements like “I miss my pre-internet brain” and “The future loves you but it doesn’t need you”, you will design your own slogan posters, using Helvetica exclusively. The results will be show-cased during the Festival Kunst in het Witte de Withkwartier.
11 September 2015, 17:00–20:00h
Gallery Kromme Elleboog, Kromme Elleboogstraat 35, Rotterdam
Cocktails & Helvetica takes place in the framework of Futurosity, a year-long manifestation in which Kunstblock and Douglas Coupland together explore the idea of ‘the future’ through a variety of projects, exhibitions, workshops and events. The solo exhibition Bit Rot by Douglas Coupland is on view at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art from 11 September 2015 to 3 January 2016.
How to join
Participation and cocktails are free, places are limited. Do you want to join? Explain in one sentence your passion for the Helvetica font and e-mail this together with a link to your portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: 1 September 2015. Please use ‘Cocktails & Helvetica’ in your subject.
Douglas Coupland (1965) is a Canadian novelist, visual artist and designer. He has published fourteen novels, a collection of short stories, seven nonfiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. Coupland’s novels and visual work synthesize high and low culture, web technology, religion, and changes in human existence caused by modern technologies. With incisiveness and humor reminiscent of Fischli and Weiss, Coupland’s work questions contemporary issues and suggests new ways of seeing the world. In 1991 he published his first novel, Generation X, which eventually became an international bestseller. Defining a generation with his debut, Coupland has ever since been capturing the Zeitgeist like no other.
Kunstblock is the name of the collaborating art institutions in the Witte de Withdistrict in Rotterdam: TENT, CBK Rotterdam, V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, Showroom MAMA, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and WORM, Institute for Avant-Gardistic Recreation.
Futurosity is part of Rotterdam celebrates the city! and is supported by the City of Rotterdam and The Art of Impact.