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Robert Bean Exhibition Striking Type at ZKM

Robert Bean, Noiseless, 2006
Robert Bean, Noiseless, from the series ‘Writing Machines Archive’, 2006


Historic Typewriters in Changing Times. Writing Machines and Obsolescence

Gallery artist Robert Bean’s exhibition STRIKING TYPE opens at ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst Medialounge in Karlsruhe, Germany. The exhibition, curated by Hartmut Jörg, runs November 14, 2015 through January 6, 2015.

Historic Typewriters in Changing Times. Writing Machines and Obsolescence.
Photography by Robert Bean

The @-sign was first integrated into the keyboard in 1882, when North American typewriter manufacture, Caligraph, presented Model 2 in the USA. The occasion was a request by North American Association of Stenographers to integrate the @-sign into the keyboard as a commercial abbreviation. With the numerous historical items of Ludwigsburg expert, Lothar K. Friedrich, the exhibition Striking Types documents the evolution of mechanical writing machines from North America and Europe through to the emergence of the PC era. A parallel exhibition by Canadian photographic artist Robert Bean, takes an analytic look at the mechanics and type face of the typewriter that have now vanished from everyday life.

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