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Graphic design: giving form to history


November 27-28, 2014

Centre Pompidou
Forum bas, grande salle
Place Georges-Pompidou
75004 Paris
Metro Châtelet, Rambuteau or Hôtel de Ville

Amphithéâtre Bachelier et Rodin
31 rue d’Ulm
75005 Paris
Metro Luxembourg or Censier-Daubenton

Free admission subject to availability

The symposium "Graphic design, giving form to history", aims at contributing to a reflection on how graphic design’s specific history is made. Thirty years after the first developments of this new subject, do we need to stand for the autonomy of graphic design and typography’s history? What relations does this specialized historiography maintain both with practices and research in other fields? Those questions will be a common theme for the two days of this symposium.

Participants: Gordon Bruce (USA) ; Christopher Burke (UK) ; EnsadLab Type (FR) ; Patricia Falguières (FR) ; Rémi Jimenes (FR) ; Olivier Lugon (CH) ; Rick Poynor (UK) ; Fred Smeijers (NL) ; Teal Triggs (UK) ; Alice Twemlow (USA) ; Gerard Unger (NL).

The participants, all from different backgrounds, though all contributed to enrich knowledge in the field of graphic design. They will bring perspective on those questions thanks to their research.

The symposium will be moderate by Patricia Falguières, historian and professor at the EHESS.

André Baldinger (graphic designer and professor at the EnsAD), Catherine de Smet (art historian and professor at the University Paris 8) and Philippe Millot (graphic designer and professort at the EnsAD) will be in charge of the scientific coordination.

The symposium "Graphic design, giving form to history, is co-produced by the Centre national des arts plastiques, the Centre Pompidou, the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs (EnsAD) and the Labex Arts-H2H. It is organized as part of the event "Graphisme en France 2014".

Labex Arts-H2H

The Laboratory of Excellence in Arts and Human Mediations is part of the “Investments for the future” program since 2011. As part of this program, its members conduct research following three main lines: situations, technologies, hybridization.

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