After three months, today involved taking down the archival exhibition at the Centre of Latin American Studies in Cambridge. Comprised of works from Stephen Bann’s personal collection of correspondence, artworks, books and journals relating to exchanges with Brazilian poets in the 1960s it has been a great pleasure to curate and to offer space in collaboration with colleagues at the excellent Centre of Latin American Studies for people to come into the department to see and to appreciate this material.

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Inevitably in being forced by the passage of time to take the works down in preparation for their return to Stephen, in parallel with the closing of his show of Ian Hamilton Finlay works at Kettle’s Yard, I found myself renewing engagement with the works from the collection, opening new pages and rereading some of the letters and texts and finding myself yet again awed at the brilliance of some of the writing and graphic design and typographical leaps that characterised the mid sixties period and struck yet again at how much what we currently think of as innovative design was spawned and forged using analogue tools before the advent of digital universality…

imagealmost in anticipation, letters took on the shape of signs, became symbols and codes, were laid out like programmes, became kinetic, shed singleness and grew live, dynamic, networked, permutated, became process fields, star clusters, constellations.

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