Poet, printer and typographer Hansjörg Mayer experimented extensively with the shapes of individual lower-case letters in the Futura typeface. This was a very common font in the typoetry genre, as seen in the works in these vitrines. Mayer was associated with the group of concrete poets gathered around philosopher Max Bense in Stuttgart. Bense was influenced by Brazilian concrete poetry and invited Haroldo de Campos to give lectures in Stuttgart. When Mayer later moved to England to teach, he in turn influenced a generation of British concrete poets.
Gallery label, February 2020
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