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

By Timothy Donaldson

Abstract

In the autumn of 2006, I was sitting on a hard chair in a\ud former library, a room that had once heaved with text but\ud 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\ud 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\ud on to something

Topics: W211 Typography
Publisher: The Letter Exchange
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:2530

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