Typewriter Art and Glubdrubdrib


A little typewriter installation art from Simon Patterson and there’s quite a bit going on here. I’ll let him tell you –
“I constructed an enormous wall mounted ‘typewriter’ sculpture: Consisting of a giant keyboard on one wall and painted in the United Nations colours of blue and white were keys spaced out in a line on the other three walls spelling out the typing exercise,‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’, that contains all the letters of the alphabet and therefore, potentially, all meanings expressable in the English language. Above some of the keys, placed apparently randomly, were the names of the permanent members of the Security Council, the present and former Secretary-Generals of the UN and some of the places visited by Captain Lemuel Gulliver – the protagonist of Jonathan Swift’s Gullivers Travels.With General Assembly, the juxtapositions of Jonathan Swift, nationhood and nonesense was a way of playing with the various meanings of the word ‘assembly’. It refers to the General Assembly of the United Nations, assemblage sculpture of the 1960’s and 1970’s, assembling people together in an auditorium/arena or gallery. I wanted to show how side by side with place names such as Lugnagg or Glubdubdrib from Gulivers Travels, UN Secretary-Generals’ names such as Boutros Boutros Ghali or Dag Hammarsköld might also seem like a nonesensical language. You are allowed to laugh.”
Oh my. I believe that’s a politically resonant Olivetti Lettera 32. I could be wrong.
I’m fascinated with the idea that “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” contains the potential for the whole of the English language. I hope no one used his comma key as a coaster at the opening.

2 thoughts on “Typewriter Art and Glubdrubdrib

  1. That red key is something of a giveaway, isn\’t it?The first time I typed on my Lettera 33, my finger hovered over that key a little longer than normal before pressing it. I\’m not sure if I was expecting air-horns and sirens, or a computerized launch countdown or what.

  2. I\’m assuming nothing happened. The more I look at this the more useful it becomes. Imagine having this huge thing in your living room. You\’d have scads of places for your keys, a drink, the newspaper, or Christmas cards.

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