A conceptual narrative about future forms of typography. Exhibited as part of the Motyf Symposium that took place in Dublin, October 2018.
How will future forms of typography affect information and how we engage with it? What will be typographic and what will ‘typographic’ be? The blurring of technology, machines and humans puts us in an ambiguous space, leading to challenging juxtapositions and dualities. How will we distinguish between physical and digital, truth and non-truth, public and private, in a world where we are bombarded with newness at a rate we've never seen before? Boundaries between producer and consumer become blurred, and the cacophony of choice is overwhelming. Whole communities are empowered to control the function and access of services and information. With more information at our disposal, how do we filter, sort and prioritise? How do we optimise ourselves and each other?
How will we identify as individuals and groups? How will new forms of culture affect language, and can we Cmd+Z our mistakes? As technology integrates more with our own biology, how we interface with information changes radically. New dependencies are created, and power shifts in unexpected ways leading to altered experiences of the world. Our relationship with technology and the role it plays in the everyday becomes truly integral to our physiology and evolution. Does our over-connection come with the risk of human disconnection? Are we truly empowered or are we blissfully ignorant of our dis-empowerment? How do we retain that which makes us us?
By Mark Gilligan and Ronan Kelly