A talk by Judith Poirier: Type in Multiple Dimensions: a lecture & films

The Alcuin Society is pleased to present a public lecture in Vancouver by Judith Poirier, one of three judges for the Society’s 35th upcoming competition, the 2016 Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

DATE: Thursday, March 16, 2017

TIME: 7:00 pm

PLACE: Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St., Vancouver – Fletcher Challenge Room


No registration required


Judith Poirier will give a presentation of La chose imprimée, a research-creation project investigating the book as a space for design experimentation. In a rather rhizomic approach, it brought together students and specialists from various disciplines around five themes: tactility, legibility, abstraction, manipulation and collection. (All four books published received awards from the Alcuin Society, and two of them were shortlisted at the “Best Books from all over the World” competition in Leipzig).

She will also screen some of her experimental films, including Two Weeks–Two Minutes (Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian Animation 2013) and Setting West, her latest touring film (honorable mention at the Nashville Film festival 2016). This abstract Western was made by using original printing materials from the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries, such as wood type and stereotypes of “Cowboys and Indians”. She will explain her animation process, which creates a unique texture on screen, as well as generating an original soundtrack.

Colorimétrie = Premier prix (ex-æquo)

Résidus visuels = 2e prix

La lecture des signed abstraits = 3e prix

La chose imprimée = Honourable mention

All in the Limited Edition category

See our post with more information about Judith here.

For more information:

Here is Judith’s website and her Vimeo page.

Sponsored by The Alcuin Society.