Press Release, 6th of October 2017:
It is our pleasure to invite you to the opening of the exhibition Be Right Back by Felix Salut at Annual Reportt. Be Right Back is an exhibition by Felix Salut. Central to the exhibition is a game called Galapagos with which visitors are invited to play, while Felix went elsewhere.
On the occasion of the opening, Felix will give a talk about his work at 17.00.
Be Right Back
The exhibition is centered around the Galapagos game invented by Felix Salut. The game was used as a prop for his 2014 short film Shut Up I’m Counting of which the script turned book, published by Spector Books, was awarded the Walter Tiemann Prize the same year. The game consists of 45 stones (100% Polyester, each 7,5cm x 7,5cm x 1,5 cm). It features 9 basic graphic elements to be combined in numerous ways, pointing towards both basic graphical composition and typographical constructions, conjuring associations to a gamified language. Visitors are invited to interact and play with the game during the period of the exhibition. These interactions will be documented and subsequently turned into a new format/edition as a collaboration between Felix Salut and Annual Reportt.
Additionally, the exhibition will feature a selection of works by Felix Salut which places themselves in the conceptual periphery of the Galapagos game, including the script turned book for Shut Up I’m Counting. These items will be for sale during the period of the exhibition.
The Galapagos game has been redeveloped into a typeface in collaboration with Swiss typefoundry Dinamo. For the Galapagos Typeface, Felix Salut and Dinamo composed the same 9 modules into 7 alphabets of different styles: Rounded, Straight, Angular and their crossings Rounded-Straight, Straight-Angular, Rounded Angular and Rounded-Straight-Angular. The result is a total of 70 individual typefaces: each style comes in 5 weights, with Grid and No-Grid versions. Using Stylistic Sets, all characters can be moved up and down along the vertical grid.
Just as the Galapagos Islands are home to a vast number of unique species, the Galapagos Typeface encompasses a range of characters whose forms evolve from one another.
This release is accompanied by the launch of the App, which allows for a playful entrance into the modular Galapagos cosmos. Users can take pictures and compose layouts on top of them, switch between Galapagos type variations by hand or by shaking the phone before sharing the design on social media.
Felix Salut (formely known as Felix Weigand) is a German graphic designer based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 2014 he founded Studio Felix Salut with the idea of a studio practice that embraces study and experiment. With typography as a core, works find form in graphic design but also in fashion, film and objects. Felix Salut teaches on a regular basis at ENSBA Lyon and Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.
Opening: Friday October 13th 2017, 17.00.