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Animated Letterpress with Judith Poirier
Friday 11 May ore 20:45
with Judith Poirier
Judith Poirier will talk about her approach to experimental filmmaking, a technique she developed over the last 15 years, using letterpress to print directly onto 35 mm film stock. The printed elements – type, borders and stereotypes – create a unique texture on screen as well as generating an original soundtrack. Poirier will explain how she explores the visual and the acoustic rhythm of typography through this animation process.
She will screen her latest film, Setting West, an abstract Western made with original printing materials from the late 19th and early 20th centuries (Honorable Mention, Nashville Film Festival 2016). This process of seeking out relevant type collections to use in her work has led her to residencies at several renowned print shops such as the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing museum in Two Rivers, the Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago, The Hatch Show Print in Nashville and the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz.
She will also present her modular wood type system called Latitude, bringing together the Inuktitut syllabic and the Roman alphabet, the North and the South of Québec.
☞ To discover the work of Judith Poirier click HERE
Judith Poirier (MA Royal College of Art, London) lives and works in Montréal. She is a professor at the École de design, Université du Québec à Montréal, as well as an experimental filmmaker, book designer and letterpress practitioner. Her work centers on the use of typography and abstraction, and through this exploration she has developed an animation technique that employs an aleatoric approach to letterpress printing and sound production. Her films have been screened at numerous international festivals. She also directed La chose imprimée, a collaborative project investigating the book as a space for design experimentation. Her books have been recognized by the Type Directors Club and by the Alcuin Society for Excellence in Book Design in Canada and shortlisted at the Leipzig “Best Books from all over the World” competition. (96 ou 131 mots)