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26.09.2021 11:00

by Ada Van Hoorebeke, Maartje Fliervoet, Manoeuvre and participants

Pay what you can

Manoeuvre presents:
book launch - Fake Calligraphy

Book launch: Fake Calligraphy

Sunday 26 September 2021
Cinema, ongoing from 11.00 - 18.00

With a soundscape, collective readings and signing sessions at 11.00 and 14.00


Fake Calligraphy
is a mobile sculpture consisting of a simple set of metal frames, batik, and tools that are used in repeated collective performances. The sculpture serves as a workshop where patterns based on pseudo-writing are collectively produced.

This book documents a joint making process along with some of the techniques that are applied here, such as dyeing with natural dyes and wax batik. Fake Calligraphy is an ongoing work made by many participants, developed and facilitated by Ada Van Hoorebeke, Maartje Fliervoet, the artistic platform manoeuvre and with contributions by Kato Six and Melissa Gordon.

Amongst other places, Fake Calligraphy was performed and shown at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Kunsthal Gent, and at homes and studio’s of contributors in Ghent, Serekunda, Brussels, The Netherlands and Berlin.

At the book launch the many participants will present excerpts and collectively sign posters and books with iron gall ink. There is a Fake Calligraphy Soundscape made by D’Andrade (Berlin), artist in residency at manoeuvre.


Fake Calligraphy

Language: English

Size: 340x240 mm

Pages: 95

Illustrations: colour, B/W, offset

Format: Soft cover

Texts: manoeuvre, Esma Moukhtar, Ada Van Hoorebeke and Fake Calligraphy participants

Editors: Ada Van Hoorbeke, Maartje Fliervoet, Katja Gretzinger, Chris Rotsaert

Text-editing: Eva Peeters

Artists: Maartje Fliervoet, Ada Van Hoorebeke, Kato Six, Melissa Gordon, manoeuvre and Fake Calligraphy participants

Designer: Studio Gretzinger

Published by: Bom Dia Books (Berlin)

Price: 19 euro

manoeuvre is supported by the city of Ghent and the Flemish community. This publication has been financed by a project subsidy from the Flemish community.




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Fake Calligraphy Book event