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IT IS WRITTEN

What is happening to writing around the world Keynote Brody Neuenschwander Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw ASP

Brody Neuenschwander is currently working on an Arte-funded documentary on the origins and future of writing, seen as a global process. In this lecture he will give a report on this work-in-progress, which consists of three one-hour programs. The first program analyses the origins of writing in all early cultures. Interesting questions arise. Why did alphabetic writing arise in the Near East? Why did China maintain a logographic system to the present day? The second program will focus on the development of the world's great calligraphic traditions, China, Islam and the West. Why did calligraphy take such a central place in the visual culture of China, Japan and the Islamic world? Why did writing remain rather more proletarian and functional in the West? What did these developments mean for the development of printing? In the final program we will look at how all writing systems in the world are responding to the digital revolution. How do the Chinese use their touch screens? How are the mandatory ligatures in Arabic dealt with on screen? Filming will be in progress during the conference. Neuenschwander will lift the veil (a bit) on some of his discoveries.

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