A few weeks ago I had pleasure of assisting Daniel García Andújar in printing of 4 posters for the opening of his exhibition 'Plus Utra' at the KIOSK in Ghent for which he especially flew over from Barcelona. After going through the reach wood type collection of the MIAT (now Industrie Museum) Daniel chose the suitable type. As he already had an experience in typesetting we quickly finalised the composition and after running some tests and makeready everything had been printed on FAG 405 at the printing department of the museum. It was a lovely experience. Nice to meet you Daniel!
Daniel García Andújar (1966, Spain) is a central figure in the Spanish internet art scene. Since the late 80s he has been starting up internet projects, he is a founding member of the irational.org web collective, and developed Technologies To The People® (TTTP), a non-profit organization that provides people who lack the means with access to new technologies.
In a next phase, Andújar looks for ways to take these issues from their virtual server environments and translate them to posters, slideshows, sculptures, publications or interventions in public space. For his solo show at KIOSK, titled Plus ultra, he brought several stories together in one of these multi-media installations. One topic he focuses on is a bit of shared history: Emperor Charles V, born in Ghent in 1500 and crowned King of Spain at age sixteen. It was Charles V who gave Spain its mottoPlus ultra (Latin for ‘further beyond’). Andújar follows the emperor’s lead to historical moments of public display of power in Ghent, to frame these from his own perspective.