Public Address System – Poster Speeches by Typographers, Images Publishing Group, by Angharad Lewis, Harriet Warden, Thom Winterburn and Paul Finn, featuring FL@33’s Dalai Lama Poster, pp.58–59, Victoria, Australia, November 2006 (English)
PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM | FL@33
Address to the European Parliament, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 24 October 2001 | Besides his report of the non-violent struggle of Tibet for independence from China, Dalai Lama focused on his annual claim for world peace. He described global interdependence and suggested the improvement of mankind's "universal responsibility" beyond nations and religions. The poster presents the text in its entirety. While maintaining the Tibetan situation within the speech, more common aspects of world peace are highlighted with a...
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... marker-like fluorescent orange.
___ The poster is designed with three levels of accessibility. The form text is shaping a Quentin Tarantino-like situation of three armed men pointing their weapons at each other, forming a circle of violence. The silhouettes are showing warriors of different ages implementing the ongoing failure of mankind to achieve world peace. The highlights represent the second level to engage the curious viewer to step closer and read. Once the highlighted sentences and fragments summarise the speech, the audience might be intrigued enough to explore the complete text.
___ One aspect of the minimal poster concept reflects Dalai Lama, the 'simple monk' and his straightforward message of world peace but is in stark contrast to the distortion of legibility. his disturbance shows the complexity of civilisation and plays with the perception of the 'world peace message' being repeated time and again – losing its meaning and impact through millennia, centuries and decades.
See close-ups of the poster and pictures of the exhibitions in London and Berlin.
302 x 232mm
Published November 2006
Images Publishing Group
Public Address System is a collection of posters by typographers that were featured in an exhibition of the same name in London and Berlin in 2004. The brief was simple: to design an A2 poster that was a typographic interpretation of a speech. The typographers' responses are awe-inspiring and provoke deep thought about not only the issues addressed by the often famous speeches, but also about the very nature of speech, typography and posters. The featured works are made from all manner of materials, from Perspex, to gold foil, to a collage, including torn book pages and a 7-inch vinyl record. These highly innovative approaches to poster design endorse the importance of typography in visual culture and its power in everyday life; what emerged from the exhibition, above all else, was that far from being dry or retiring, typography arouses passion.