Simon Pummell 
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Exhibition GRAPHOLOGY in M HKA
Antwerp, April 8 - June 13, 2011

Chapter 2

08.04 — 13.06.11

In 2011 M HKA presents a series of four ‘pocket’ exhibitions that thematise the technique of drawing and its automation, in the technical and mental sense. Graphology focuses on the human hand as a seismograph of inner life, but with extra attention on the ‘mechanical unconscious of the machine’ imposing itself on the human eye. Examining how graphic techniques of reproduction start to live their own lives, this exhibition series situates itself at the crossroads of drawing, photography, printing, film and computer graphics.

Each chapter of Graphology presents the work of emerging and established artists in a historical framework. The second chapter explores the impact of typography. With the invention of printing, handwriting lost its monopoly. At the same time the automation of writing caused a substantial process of individuation. From the Armenian alphabet over Nietzsche’s poems on the Schreibkugel: every text also became an autonomous image.

With works by a.o. Carl André, Stefan Bruggemann, Mekhitar Garabedian, Dean Hughes, Friedrich Nietzsche, Christophe Plantin, Simon Pummell and Salome Schmuki.

> GRAPHOLOGY was initiated by Edwin Carels (researcher KASK/HoGent)
> Free Entrance

M HKA XL THU 07.04 at 7pm
Exhibition preview and performance DIGIT by Julien Maire

Leuvenstraat 32 2000 Antwerp / T +32 (0)3 260 99 99

Simon Pummell
Our Writing Tools are also working on our Thoughts (Sputnik 01)

7 framed 3D inkjet prints
106cm x 106cm
to be viewed with RED/GREEN anaglyph glasses

The Writing Down Balls depicted in these prints are Fictional Writing Machines inspired by both the delusory writing down systems described in the writings of Daniel Paul Schreber (the psychotic writer whose 1903 book Denkwürdigkeiten eines Nervenkranken (Memoirs of My Nervous Illness) was made famous by Freud’s 1911 critical and diagnostic reading) and the Hansen Writing Ball, invented in 1865 by the principal of the Royal Institute for the deaf-mutes in Copenhagen, Rasmus Malling-Hansen, 1835-1890.

The title comes from a letter written by Nietzsche on 1st Febuary 1883: a letter he wrote on his Hansen Writing Ball.

These Fictional Writing Machines will appear in several of Simon Pummell's works currently in production: including the feature film Shock Head Soul and the moving image installation The Sputnik Effect.

Production Credits:
CGI modelling and animation - Barend Onneweer at Raamw3rk

Inkjet prints courtesy of Pictura Imaginis BV

Our Writing Tools are also working on our Thoughts is produced by Scriptoscopia Studio as part of the Shock Head Soul transmedia project that consists of a feature film, gallery installation, website and book.

Shock Head Soul transmedia project is produced by Hot Property Productions UK and Submarine Productions NL, in association with Illuminations Films UK and in co production with Serious Film NL, and Supported by the Wellcome Trust, the Netherlands Film Fund and the Rotterdam Media Fund, with support from the The Harvard Film Study Center. A research project affiliated to the lectorate of Piet Zwart Institute Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University.