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National Philistine — Sade for Fonts Sake


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Free fonts by artist by artist Paul Chan.




For nearly ten years, Chan has been exploring the aesthetic, interactive, and philosophical potentials of fonts. As a complement to Sade for Sade s Sake, his monumental digital projection inspired by the work of novelist and philosopher Marquis de Sade (1740--1814), which premiered at the 2009 Venice Biennale, Chan has created a set of 21 truetype fonts that transform the act of typing into a generative Sadean performance. Unlike conventional fonts like Arial or Comic Sans, these Sade fonts are comprised of phrases and sentence fragments rather than letters and other alphanumeric characters, so that what is typed on the keyboard is not what shows up on the screen, or what is printed on paper. Each font holds a unique set of idioms that expresses a different sexual voice when typed. Some like Oh Bishop X and Oh Justine are based on characters in novels by Sade, while others are inspired by characters from news (Monica Lewinsky), pornstars (Michael Lucas), and poets and writers (Gertrude Stein, Holderlin) whose work knot together sex with language, rhythm and form. When you type with one of Chan s fonts, anything you write becomes instantly, inexplicably, dirty, erotic, pornographic, poetic, sometimes all at once.


LINK: http://www.nationalphilistine.com/oh/

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