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The New New Alphabet

The New New Alphabet

Ryan Gander (in 2008)

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Thirty-six traditional-looking wooden printers’ blocks are arranged on the floor as a sculpture. The letters seem to be illegible hieroglyphics, but to those in the know, they prove to have been inspired by the left-overs of the alphabet that Wim Crouwel designed for the computer in 1967. At the time this ‘New Alphabet’ was so radical in its reduction of the shape of the letter that it was actually illegible. Gander’s ‘New New Alphabet’ adds elements to Crouwel’s alphabet so that it is rendered legible again, but at the same time is just as illegible.

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Title The New New Alphabet
Material and technique Wood
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height Error: 4,2 is not a valid BCD value cm
Width 45 cm
Depth 35 cm
Artists Artist: Ryan Gander
In collaboration with: Rasmus Spanggaard Troelsen
Accession number BEK 1805 (MK)
Credits Purchased with the support of Mondriaan Fund, 2008
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 2008
Creation date in 2008
Research Digitising Contemporary Art

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Ryan Gander

Chester 1976

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