Fonting The City, 字裡城間, Zì li chengjian Image 1

From Brushed in Light: Calligraphy in East Asian Cinema by Markus Nornes

  • Calligraphic writing is ubiquitous in the daily life and built spaces of East Asia, and has been for millennia. In contemporary cities most of this carved calligraphy was replaced by photographic enlargements, neon and lettering mimicking the calligraphic. Wallace Chan’s Fonting the City (Zì li chengjian, 2015) is a lovely documentary about the gradual displacement of hand-brushed signs by digital fonts in Macao.
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  • Asian Studies
  • Media Studies
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