Friday, October 12

Hektor Vs the AA

The Architectural Association School of Architecture is hosting an afternoon of shows and talks by Swiss designer Jürg Lehni today.

Beginning at 2.30pm, Lehni will spray a room at the AA with typographical references from Ernst and Peter Neufert’s Architect’s Data, using his spraypaint device Hektor. He will then move to the gallery to paint architectural drawings on the walls. This is followed by a talk at 7.30pm tonight.

The event is part of the association’s ongoing exhibition Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design, which aims to explore the shared lineage between graphic design and architecture. The show is curated by graphic designer Zak Kyes, art director of the AA.

via Design Week

See Hektor in action

Title: Hektor Meets William Morris
Exhebition: Tourette's II
Place: Amsterdam, Gallery W139
Designer: Goodwill
Date: 29 October - 5 November 2003

In 1896, William Morris drew his last design, «Compton», a wallpaper pattern. This was the first design made by Morris specifically to be reproduced by a machine. The demands of the translation from drawing to press, from hand to machine, made the process rather illogical, when considering that Morris was only accustomed to designs being passed down from mind to hand. The machine process, which had not yet fully developed its own vocabulary, was forced to develop a dialect of its own inherent language, in order to achieve a rough translation of printing which, until then, had only been achieved by manual reproduction techniques. (Printing for «Compton» required 16 colours, many of which, through layering, became invisible to the eye. The first colour run, an extremely light beige, is virtually invisible when printed onto the paper)

In 2003, a monochrome working drawing of «Compton» was made by Goodwill for Hektor, to be applied to an 18 x 5 metre gallery wall. The pattern was repeated in 4 steps, covering the entire wall in 4 evenings. This took place during Tourette’s II, a series of evenings organized by Will Stuart, somewhere between Zen and Dada.

via Hektor's website

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