e-a-t (experiment and typography) is a project which reunites designers from the Czech and Slovak Republics. It is a platform to expose typographic work from both countries and acknowledges the fact that the Czech Republic and Slovakia were once a single state. The first e-a-t exhibition presented 35 authors, and the collection continues to expand progressively with new, undiscovered works from the last 20 years. e-a-t is the enthusiastic initiative of designers/curators Alan Záruba (CZ) and Johanna Balusikova-Bilak (SK), who are both inspired by type work with origins which are local and from abroad.
The show focuses on projects which document the development of designers? ideas. Attention is paid to the process of creating innovative solutions in the fields of type design and typography, often engaging experimental processes as a means to approach unknown territory. Both the ideas in progress and finished works are core elements of the concept. Our intention is not to chronologically survey the body of work done in the Czech Republic and Slovakia: we prefer to draw attention to a selection of intelligent concepts which address the environment, changing technologies, consider the subjective and personal, etc. The e-a-t exhibition presents the various type design projects in large format posters (1.5 x 1 m) which unite the form and function to support the individual stories. Creative processesare documented in large numbers of sketches and notes. To complement the variety of projects we consider worth displaying, there is also multimedia work and printed matter, both from commissioned and independent work.
We will distribute information about new projects through several e-a-t exhibitions and a regularly updated website. We hope to create debate within the professional audience and to publish a comprehensive book featuring the projects and thoughts behind them. Above all, we intend to introduce the work of Czech and Slovak designers abroad where this subject is still undiscovered.
e-a-t.01 Brno, House of Arts (June 17 - August 8, 2004)
e-a-t.02 Prague, Museum of Decorative Arts (September 1 - 29, 2004)
e-a-t.03 Bratislava, Palffy's Palace (March-April, 2005)