Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art

Cocktails & Helvetica with Douglas Coupland

Print and design workshop organized by Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and Kunstblock, and a program of the 'Art in the Witte de Withkwartier' festival.

11 September 2015, 17: 00 to 20: 00
Location: Kromme Elleboog gallery, Kromme Elleboogstraat 35, Rotterdam
Language: English

Dive into the amazing world of writer and artist Douglas Coupland. During this exclusive print and design workshop you create your own slogan posters on a high-speed large format Ricoh printer under the supervision of Coupland. While enjoying professionally prepared cocktails you explore the possibilities of one of the most popular fonts of the last century: the Helvetica font. In short assignments, inspired by Couplands 100 Slogans for the 21st Century,  in which he brings together shouts like 'I miss my pre-internet brain' and 'the future loves you but doesn't need you', you design your own posters with this font only. The results of the workshop will be exhibited during the Art Festival in Witte de Withkwartier.

Cocktails & Helvetica takes place in the context of Futurosity, a year-long event in which Kunstblock, together with Douglas Coupland, explores the idea of ​​the future in various projects, exhibitions, workshops and events. From September 11, 2015 to January 3, 2016, Douglas Coupland's solo exhibition 'Bit Rot' can be seen at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art.

Participation and cocktails are free. Places are limited. Do you want to participate? Then explain in one sentence where your passion for the Helvetica font comes from and send it together with a link to your portfolio before September 8 to Mention 'Cocktails & Helvetica' in your subject.

About Douglas Coupland
Douglas Coupland (1965) is a Canadian writer, artist and designer. He has published fourteen novels, as well as a collection of short stories, seven non-fiction books and a number of scenarios for film and television. Couplands written and visual works connect high and low culture, web technology, religion and changes in human existence caused by modern technology. With a sharp eye and humor reminiscent of artist duo Fischli and Weiss, Couplands work questions contemporary issues and suggests new ways in which we can see the world.

In 1991 he published his first novel, Generation X, which eventually became an international bestseller. Since he described a whole generation flawlessly in his debut, Coupland knows how to capture the Zeitgeist like no other.

About Kunstblock
Kunstblock is the name of the collaborating art institutions in the Witte de Withkwartier in Rotterdam: TENT, CBK Rotterdam, V2_ Institute for Instable Media, Showroom MAMA, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and WORM, Institute for Avant-garde Recreation.

Futurosity is part of Rotterdam celebrates the city and is made possible by the Municipality of Rotterdam and The Art of Impact.