Romanian choreographer Alex Mirutziu has created an art dance piece called ”but as a document” based on Söderhavet’s work with the typography, that is being performed at Museum of Modern Art in Bucharest in 2015.
Alex: My attention was caught by Sweden Sans type, reason why I started a project with a Swedish dancer Pär Andersen to create a performance piece using the underlying sketches of the making of the font, basically to work with the technical specifications of the font in translation into dance. The main question is: How the body adheres to the typeface of a poem to add meaning, and what it might do to the economy of the poem.
– I don’t think this has ever been done before. When Alex contacted us, we were first baffled by the idea of making a dance out of a typeface. Now we are still baffled, but also impressed and honored that our design could inspire someone to create a dance based on it, says Jesper Robinell, Head of design at Söderhavet.
Preview a trailer of the dance here: https://vimeo.com/alexmirutziu/but-as-a-document-trailer
About Sweden Sans
Sweden Sans was designed as a part of Söderhavets work with a new global brand identity for the country Sweden. We had already decided on incorporating the Swedish flag into the identity, as well as using a local- language textual mark. But we still needed to find a unique identity carrier that could be used in widely diverging contexts. The idea of designing a custom typeface was mooted early on — and Sweden Sans was born.
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About Alex Mirutziu
Coreographer. Grant holder at IASPIS – (Swedish Visual Arts Fund’s international programme commissioned to support international exchange for practitioners in the areas of visual art). Alex works a lot with typography in different stances be it installations or performances.
More on the subject: article by Andreas Gabrielsson in Dagens Media.