In this lecture The Pyte Foundry’s founder, manager and sole employee Ellmer Stefan will elaborate on the concepts and contexts constituting the newly established pseudo-discipline labelled Pytography. By showing a diverse range of letter-related projects — oscillating between commercial and non-, purpose and pleasure, reading and looking, freedom and constraints, past and present — he will give insight into the process and thinking behind and emphasize the unifying principles of his practice: the poetic appropriation of referential material, the shameless indulgence into stylistic plenitude and the pleasurable absurdity of manipulating alphabetic shapes.
Ellmer Stefan was initially trained as a pre-press technician (“Druckvorstufentechniker”) in a catholic printshop in Salzburg/Austria. He thereafter studied graphic design with a growing tendency towards type in Vienna, Arnheim, and Leipzig. After successfully abandoning his academic studies, he moved to Oslo/Norway in 2010, where he runs an independent practice combining teaching, research, self-initiated projects and custom work in the expanded field of lettering and typography. In late 2015 he accidentally founded the The Pyte Foundry, which since then has moved from the weekly release of idiosyncratic display faces to a more moderate pace and more — but not much more — pragmatic types.