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Revue Faire No. 6 (A series of gestures: Invisible Touch, from Farocki to l’Architecture Aujourd’hui, some notes on the handling of things)


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In the sixth issue of Revue Faire [To Look at Things], graphic designer and graphic design historian Catherine Guiral interrogates hand-based gestures in a range of wide-ranging sources, including Harun Farocki's 1997 film The Expression of Hands (Der Ausdruck der Hände) which in turn samples Samuel Fuller's 1953 Pickup on South Street; Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's graphic novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier; various covers and issues of the mid-century French magazine L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui; Herbert Bayer’s 1937 photograph, Autoportrait, and the subsequent commentary on this work by American art theorist Rosalind Krauss; Godards 1984 film Je vous salue, Marie; and Caravaggios The Annunciation. Guiral also references Albert Laffays “Great Image-maker” invented for his 1964 book, Logique du Cinéma; Dyk Rudenski's 1927 teaching manual for actors; and Albertis De Pictura, before delving into Paul Ellimans 2013 collaboration with Fiona Banner's Vanity Press (published by Roma Publications as their 210th book), and exploring the idea that readers themselves engage in hand movements while paging through a physical book.

Revue Faire, launched in 2017, is a regularly published critical publication dedicated to the analysis of graphic design, with a particular focus on France, and a broader focus on graphic design in Europe. Each year, 15 bilingual (French and English) 20-page issues are planned to be published. The series, curated by Sacha Léopold and François Havegeer, works with various invited authors; each issue documents a unique, tentacular subject of interest to graphic designers. 

Designed and edited by Sacha Léopold and François Havegeer with Kévin Lartaud

Published by Éditions Empire, 2018

In English and French

Softcover, 2 volumes: 16 pages (newsprint) and 16 pages (glossy), both staple binding, black and white, 8.5 × 11.75 inches

ISBN: 979-10-95991-05-2