Erik Brandt’s Ficciones Typografika

Published:  November 8, 2013
Erik Brandt’s Ficciones Typografika

Ficciones Typografika is a public art project curated by graphic designer Erik Brandt, dedicated to the temporary placement of experimental, visibly opinionated typography and graphic design. Brandt accepts contributions from a variety of artists and designers, spanning a diverse range of professional backgrounds and cultures, and offers them a modestly sized design outlet with international reach. This ‘exhibition space’, is a 72” x 36” posterboard fixed to the street-facing wall of Brandt’s garage in Minneapolis. It has been updated weekly since June this year.

Brandt’s evolving Ficciones Typografika project is named in reference to Jorge Luis Borges and a nod to the Czech typographical unions of a by-gone era. The initiative has featured several works addressing the artists’ own political, social and philosophical viewpoints, including pieces by Erik Brandt himself.  Brandt describes his latest contribution, NSA, as “a critical reflection of the state of the union”. His posters transform this topical issue into a pejorative slogan , with an aggressive contention augmented even more so by calm, pastel tones.

Erik Brandt, Ficciones Typografika . Installed on September 5, 2013.

Erik Brandt, Ficciones Typografika. Installed on September 5, 2013.

Brandt’s NSA poster has been created in a similar vein to his earlier work, No human being is illegal, which featured July 17 of this year, and was a comment on U.S. immigration policy. Brandt says the posters were “dedicated to the teachers and staff of Jardin Magico that lost their positions due to pressure from the Department of Homeland Security.”


Erik Brandt. Ficciones Typografika. Installed on July 17, 2013.

Erik Brandt. Ficciones Typografika. Installed on July 17, 2013.

Erik Brandt. Ficciones Typografika. Installed on July 17, 2013.

In a digital age where physical posters are becoming publicly redundant, Ficciones Typografik demonstrates the intimate, relevant and tangible humanist quality that good graphic design can provide.

Sebastian Zimmerhackl,  Installed on November 6, 2013

Sebastian Zimmerhackl, installed on November 6, 2013

Bálint Magyar, Installed on November 1, 2013

Bálint Magyar, installed on November 1, 2013

Rejane Dal Bello, Installed on October 23, 2013

Rejane Dal Bello, installed on October 23, 2013

Corbin Mahieu, Installed on October 7, 2013.

Corbin Mahieu, installed on October 7, 2013.

Eric Hurtgen, Season Wu and Dan Sinclair, Installed on September 2, 2013.

Eric Hurtgen, Season Wu and Dan Sinclair, installed on September 2, 2013.

Visit Ficciones Typografika‘s tumblr page to view the entire project history.


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