Letterzetter, publication Forum+ for artistic research, alexandra crouwers, 2022

Publication / De Letterzetter

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A visual essay for Forum+ magazine for research and arts. vol. 29 nr. 2, pp. 24-29, May 2022. Also available online (in Dutch).

The Letterzetter [literal English translation: Letterplacer. Referring to the European Spruce Bark Beetle] is an unsightful little beetle that inflicts enormous amounts of damage to European pine forests. The bug quickly becomes an infestation that proves to be fatal for drought-weakend trees during soft winters. The Letterzetter – Ips typographus in Latin – leaves complex tunnel-like structures that resemble an alien alphabet. To better understand what this Bark-beetle-epidemic is trying to tell us, these tunnels will make out the base for a new script: Ips Typography.

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Alexandra Crouwers (NL, °1974) is a visual artist working in the digital realm. Her works are made by using a combination of 3D modeling and animation, and post-production, and can take many forms. From 2019 on, she's a doctoral researcher in art and animation at Leuven University/LUCA School of arts, Brussels, under supervision of Wendy Morris.