Designing
Writing

An editosensorial investigation proposed by Alexandru Balgiu

at ECAL, Lausanne
and sometimes, elsewhere

(Jacques Scherer’s typographical translations of Mallarmé’s notes for his “Book” project)

A verbi-voco-visual research at the crossroads of

graphic design
& literature

publishing
& poetry

(Karl Young, “A Book of Nocturns”)

An eternity of

propositions
& conversations

production
& distribution

(Ilse Garnier, “Rythmes et Silence, poèmes spatiaux”)

Bringing together
anthropologists,
artists,
authors,
curators,
graphic designers,
historians,
theorists,
type designers,
poets,
publishers
and
a fox
— voices speaking from the past or the present, both dead & alive

(Robert Smithson, “A Heap of Language”)

I remember…
Sssophie Demay, Paul Bailey and ssssome of their ssssstudents ssssssprinted

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Julia Born shared secrets about language, body and movement

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François Rappo walked us from Jugendstil to Modernism

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Manuel Raeder investigated the reader’s traces

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Davide Fornari and Robert Lzicar mapped Graphic Design History in Switzerland before the sun goes down

(Emmett Williams, “Alphabet Symphony”)

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We gathered around Olivier Lugon, Muriel Pic, Schaffter Sahli and Véronique Yersin as they discussed elegiac editorial forms and aerial bridges

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Louis Lüthi turned the pages pitch black

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Thierry Chancogne and Christophe Jacquet searched for Jean Sénac

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Philippe Millot invited Raymond Roussel on stage, but not only

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Marcelline Delbecq pollinated textual fragments

(Emmett Williams, “Alphabet Symphony”)

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Pierre Déléage excavated for the source of primitive poems

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Camille Pageard deciphered Armand Schwerner’s Tablets

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We stared at the Eclipse Archive with Craig Dworkin

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John Morgan, Blank Dummy, Blank Dummy, Blank Dummy…

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Sara de Bondt was Mitya, Ivan or Alyosha

And, I also remember that David Reinfurt invited us to meet the Tetracono!

‹o› future ‹o›,
Boabooks,
Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite,
Cent Pages,
Dent-de-Leone,
Eastside Projects,
Four Corners Books,
Héros-Limite,
Information as Material,
Éditions Macula,
Éditions Mix. together with RIP,
Occasional Papers,
OEI,
Onomatopee,
Paraguay Press,
Presses du Réel,
Primary Information,
Rollo Press,
Roma Publications,
Section 7 Books,
Shelter Press,
Spector Books,
Triest Verlag,
Tombolo Presses and
Ugly Duckling Presse
joined us for an effervescent book market at ELAC Gallery that was open, like the farmers market, in the morning.

(Lygia Clark, “Sensorial Objects”)

In the near future, Fabrice Mabime will activate a selection of publications by means of voice and objects.

(Raymond Roussel’s narration imbrication method)

Alexis Hominal will invite us to experience Robert Filliou’s “Principle of Equivalence” through a series of paper operations in the ECAL Printshop.

Meanwhile, Roman Seban will run a publishing studio exploring the translation arcanas of a very intriguing Keith Waldrop text.

As for Simon Mager, he will be busy working on a new project inspired by Richard Kostelanetz’s “Assembling” magazine.

(Christian Dotremont, “Snow Logograms”)

In order to explore the perspectives of the page as an expanded device, Izet Sheshivari displayed a selection of publications from his amazing collection questioning the relationship between each object’s discourse, its editorial space and its specific models of navigation — an exhibition specifically crafted by Izet for the occasion, in the ECAL Hall.

(Alison Knowles, “The Big Book”)

We rode Åbäke’s newest Penguin Donkey.

We almost experienced Félicia Atkinson’s biblioaural playgrounds.

(John Form by John Form)

We met Mark, Bibliomania’s newest friend in town.
Mark was the event’s narrator, on this occasion.
Please feel free to question Mark.

Hi Mark!

(Mide Picture-Song)

AXAXAXA were Designing Writing’s confidants by welcoming our guests for intimate conversations between book stacks in Lausanne’s amazing bookshop,

La Louve!


(Bruno Munari says: “No entry, I am in a narrow place between rain and snow, please help”)

LAO-ZEN with Sany — meta perspectives on cartoons were proposed during the event!


(Marder, Luse and Co., “Specimen of Candy Stamps”, 1883)

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CH-1020 Renens
Switzerland

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(David Antin, “Talking at the Boundaries”)

This informative carousel is designed by Alexandru Balgiu, Simon Mager and Frederik Mahler-Andersen.

(Armin Hofmann’s fluid matrix devices)