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TYPE TALKS: James Langdon in conversation with the Ikon Gallery

22nd October 2015

It’s a family tree arrangement where the child of Avant Garde and Courier mates with Peanuts and Didot's child. Bookman and Onyx mate

Simon Taylor and James Langdon discuss Fiona Banner’s use of type and the origins of ‘Font’, used for her current exhibition at Ikon SCROLL DOWN AND KEEP SCROLLING. Banner’s font is an amalgamation of typefaces she has worked with previously, through full stop sculptures and typeset and published works: “It’s a family tree arrangement where the child of Avant Garde and Courier mates with Peanuts and Didot's child. Bookman and Onyx mate; their child mates with Capitalist and Klang's offspring - the final font is an unpredictable bastardisation of styles and behaviours”- Fiona Banner. ‘Font’ was conceived during the artist’s attempt to survey her practice, in preparation for her first survey exhibition, showing at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham from 10 October 2015- 17 January 2016. Banner deploys it as the in-house font for the Ikon show and it appears at Frith Street Gallery, forming a link between the two exhibitions.

Simon Taylor is Head of Learning at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery, specialising in participatory education, commissioning, community consultation and professional development for artists and teachers. Formerly Education Manager for The Making (2004-2011) Simon has experience as a professional artist (contemporary ceramics) and has taught in schools and colleges, working with a wide range of students including children with special needs, prisoners and young offenders.Simon is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Birmingham, with an MA in Museums and Galleries in Education from London’s Institute of Education and a BA (Hons) in three-dimensional design from the University of Brighton.

James Langdon is an independent graphic designer. He is one of six directors of the artist-run gallery Eastside Projects in Birmingham, UK; and founder of the itinerant School for Design Fiction. In 2012 he received the Inform International Award for Conceptual Design, presented by Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany. Curatorial projects include ‘Arefin & Arefin: The Graphic Design of Tony Arefin’, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2012); ‘Construction School’, Kunstverein, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2012); Norman Potter’s ‘In:quest of Icarus’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2012); and ‘Book Show’, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2010). He has lectured internationally at institutions including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA; École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, France; Brno Biennial, Czech Republic; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada; Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden; Royal College of Arts, London; Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem, Netherlands; HFG Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany; Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands.

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Registration opens at 1730. Talk scheduled 1800-1930

Birmingham City University, P350 Lecture Theatre, Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD