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Asymmetrical Response by Cory Arcangel & Olia Lialina

Contributed by Nathan Prost on Jan 12th, 2023. Artwork published in
November 2018
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In the book Asymmetrical Response, Brooklyn-based conceptualist Cory Arcangel and Russian internet artist Olia Lialina Olia Lialina question the world around them through technological advances and the web, in constant dialogue with their practice. They bring together illustrations of their collective works and exhibitions with essays and poems. It is a rich book that takes several forms: a 120 page book, a CD and a booklet with a theater text, shipped in a plastic record sleeve. It is the result of the reflection of two influential artists of net art. From Cory Arcangel:

The last one of the 2 year touring showz w Olia Lialina! Had a big room club, pop-up, concert LED and even lasers. Ran during the Ibiza “season”. :)

The cover expresses the net art spirit. Perpetually questioning the web and the digital world, this cover returns to the first aesthetic element that the web has bitten with the most mocked typeface of the web: Comic Sans, used by Cory Arcangel for his Arcangel surfware logo.

For Olia Lialina, it is Times New Roman, a typeface known by all with the arrival of desktop software, like MS Word or Open Office that offer it.

Finally, the title of the book is set in Helvetica. It is a typeface known from the internet considered as the basic typeface after Times New Roman, at the same level as Arial.

The design is in total link with the tag system fonts as primary type.

In addition, there is an image taken from a low-res GIF by Olia Lialina. For Croy Arcangel, we see his artwork imgres. The jogging Adidas will be a research track for Cory Arcangel.

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  • Comic Sans
  • Helvetica
  • Times New Roman




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