Audience-generated narrative: Timothy Donaldson at the Imagine IT conference in Bologna

Donaldson, Timothy (2007) Audience-generated narrative: Timothy Donaldson at the Imagine IT conference in Bologna. Forum of Letter Exchange, 14 . p. 16. ISSN 1472-0604

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Abstract

In the autumn of 2006, I was sitting on a hard chair in a
former library, a room that had once heaved with text but
was now full of people. This was a conference about type, and those present were people who love type, like to use it, like to collect it, like to call it by its name. Then came a lengthy pause, the previous speaker’s PowerBook (or maybe it was a PC) had been disconnected from the big projector and the next person was connected but not yet hitting the ground running. My mind wandered to thoughts of the Gettysburg Address as a Power-Point presentation, and I drifted into wondering if anyone ever gives lectures any more, even illustrated ones: are they all ‘presentations’? Then came the notion that something else could be happening while the technicians were mumbling and fiddling with the technology, something involving the audience. Something
involving writing, real writing, not just playing around with bézier curves in Illustrator, could be going on while we were waiting. A little later on I had a chat with Caroline Archer, one of the conference organisers. She didn’t recoil in horror so I thought I might be
on to something.

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Additional Information:In the autumn of 2006, I was sitting on a hard chair in a former library, a room that had once heaved with text but was now full of people. This was a conference about type, and those present were people who love type, like to use it, like to collect it, like to call it by its name. Then came a lengthy pause, the previous speaker’s PowerBook (or maybe it was a PC) had been disconnected from the big projector and the next person was connected but not yet hitting the ground running. My mind wandered to thoughts of the Gettysburg Address as a Power-Point presentation, and I drifted into wondering if anyone ever gives lectures any more, even illustrated ones: are they all ‘presentations’? Then came the notion that something else could be happening while the technicians were mumbling and fiddling with the technology, something involving the audience. Something involving writing, real writing, not just playing around with bézier curves in Illustrator, could be going on while we were waiting. A little later on I had a chat with Caroline Archer, one of the conference organisers. She didn’t recoil in horror so I thought I might be on to something.
Keywords:Audience-generated narrative, Typography, Graphic art
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W211 Typography
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:2530
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:21 May 2010 11:29
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:24

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