Paul Elliman


Thursday, November 17, 2011
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., room 1307

Paul Elliman is a British artist based in London whose work combines an interest in typography and the human voice, often referring to forms of audio signage that mediate a relationship between both. His typeface Found Fount (aka Bits) is an ongoing collection of found ‘typography’ drawn from objects and industrial debris in which no letterform is repeated. Other works have addressed the instrumentalisation of the human voice as a kind of typography, engaging the voice in many of its social and technological guises, as well as imitating other languages and sounds of the city.  In 2009 his project Sirens Taken for Wonders was commissioned for the New York biennial Performa09, taking the form of a radio discussion about the coded language of emergency vehicle sirens as well as a series of siren-walks through the city. Elliman is also visiting critic at Yale School of Art, New Haven, where he has taught since 1997, and a thesis supervisor at the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem, Netherlands.