conference | Typosium XI: Read my book!

Antwerp | 27 August 2016

Initiaal’s Summertyposium XI : Read my book!

This annual event from Initiaal, the alumni organisation from the Plantin Institute of Typography, focuses this time on the publisher. Topics like ‘Which was, is and will the role of the publisher be, and what about the (book)producer?’, and ‘Publishing viewed from all sides’ will be discussed amongst the speakers and the audience.

Speakers are [talks will be in Dutch]:

  • Stijn van Rossem (historian / bookscientist)
  • Lidewijde Paris (Nieuw Amsterdam & De Lees!ambassade)
  • Rudy Vanschoonbeek (Uitgeverij Vrijdag, ‘Elke dag boeken’)
  • Jan Spiegelenberg (Pro-book)

For detailed information and registration, please visit or write an email to

Mediahuis (Linkeroever)
Katwilgweg 2
2050 Antwerpen (Belgium)

entrance fee: 40€ (entrance + lunch) or 95€ (entrance + lunch + typosium print)

Saturday Friday 27 August 2016 from 10:00 – 17:00


event | From sound to glyph: the typographic representation of languages

Antwerp | 27 May 2016

Born in Antwerp Young Creators :: Jo De Baerdemaeker

‘From sound to glyph: the typographic representation of languages’

In this talk, Jo De Baerdemaeker will present some of the typefaces he designed for national and international design projects. These are, amongst others, the fonts for stad Antwerpen, Flanders Art font family, Elegant Contemporary and Wiels; as well as his non-Latin (Lungta Tibetan, Nirmala Bengali, Sherpa font family, Noto Javanese, and Orkhon Mongolian) fonts for Microsoft, Google/Monotype, New York Times; and other projects.

:: break: showing of rare Tibetan music notation with live Tibetan music performance / Lhenzo + Sherten + Pangkyen Metok

:: interactive interview with Sara De Bondt, which will explore the practice-based research projects of Jo De Baerdemaeker, followed by Q&A session with audience

:: reception with the official exhibition opening

:: live performance of Mongolian music & Khöömii throat singers / / Jamuukh

An exhibition with original silkscreen printed type specimen posters, and photography, from Jo De Baerdemaeker / studio type is shown throughout the evening, and a unique type specimen will be printed in situ, as a keepsake of the evening for each of the attendees.

Born in Antwerp Headquarters
Kattendijkdok-Oostkaai 21
2000 Antwerpen (Belgium)

in collaboration with Studio Start, Kastaar, Afreux and Plantin Institute for Typography
sponsored by

free entrance
Friday 27 May 2016 from 19:30 – 23:00

event | DRKPSTRT #5 – Steamroller printing

Ham, Ghent | 7 & 8 May 2016

Druk op Straat #5 feesteditie

Fifth, and final edition, of the spectacular printing event DRUKOPSTRAAT.

Twenty artists design and create impressive prints on the streets of Ghent, not with a printing press but with a real steamroller, a machine normally used by roadworkers to flatten the surface of the asphalt streets.

Participating artists have carved their designs, beforehand, in a large piece of linoleum. Printouts are made live, during the two-day event, when the artists ink their pieces, spread out their works on the street, and cover these with textile. Finally, the steamroller walses over the works, with the usual ooh’s and aah’s from the audience, and resulting prints are pulled of the linoleum. A true magical moment, both for the artists and spectators.

The print results are presented on location, and also the spectators can experiment and create prints.

Participating artists are: Sam Scarpulla, Nathan De Corte, Nele Fack, Dries Deriemaeker, Jesse Jesser, Liesbeth Feys, Shirley Villavicencio, Sam Gvnst, Thierry Mortier, Wannes Behaegel, Wouter Viaene, Philippe Lantoine, Soika Vomiter, Nicolas Marichal, La Mauntagne, Liesbeth De Stercke, Roeland Zijlstra, Georgia Kokot, Emilie Ceriez, Korneel Detailleur & Jürgen Mus.

DRUKOPSTRAAT is organized by Topo Copy, Helix-vzw , Artistieke & grafische projecten and MIAT, in collaboration with Circa Cultuurcentrum Gent for SORRY, NOT SORRY festival.
SORRY, NOT SORRY is a street art track in Ghent comprising murals, graffiti, performances and art installations, using the city as bearer and crossbeam.


Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 May 2016 from 10:30 – 19:00


event | Rrrrom… Theo van Doesburg revisited

Bozar Brussels | 8 March 2016

Rrrrom… Theo van Doesburg revisited
Jaap Blonk / Joachim Badenhorst / Marc Matter / Hans Richter / Viking Eggeling

In a boisterous evening packed with offbeat film, music, performance, and poetry, BOZAR turns the spotlight on the work of I.K. Bonset, the literary alter ego of the Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg. The sound artist Jaap Blonk sends his Dadaist verses hurtling through space and captures them on a 7″ record pressed specially for the occasion. With his solo project Voiceover, Marc Matter (a member of Durian Brothers and Institut für Feinmotorik) uses records and turntables to manipulate the human voice. Along the way, saxophonist and clarinettist Joachim Badenhorst will improvise on Van Doesburg’s austere paintings. Avant-garde films by Hans Richter and Viking Eggeling (about whom Van Doesburg wrote in De Stijl in 1921) will throw light on an exceptionally creative period of European art history. [source:]

Rhythmus 21 (Hans Richter, 1921-1923, 16 mm, b&w, silent, 3’19”)
Symphonie Diagonale (Viking Eggeling, 1923-1924, 16 mm, b&w, silent, 6’40”)
Filmstudie (Hans Richter, 1926, 16 mm, b&w, 5’00”)

Bozar/Centre for Fine Arts Brussels
Circuit Rue Royale | Koningsstraat
1000 Brussels (Belgium)
+32 (0)2 507 82 00

Thursday 8 March 2016 from 20:00 – 22:00