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three posters placed side by side, with a dense texture running throughout, with a mass of marks made by permanent markers blocking out event information in a pixel-like manner. closeup view of the posters: various symbols line the posters in straight columns, some marked out with black permanent marker. macro view of the posters, with various symbols in straight columns, some marked out with black permanent marker.

Inspired by Moniker’s Your Line or Mine and Clement Valla’s Mechanical Turk Alphabets, Betsy Ellison and I designed a set of three posters promoting a ouija board seance hosted by the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society.

some people walking past a brick building, upon which are mounted three posters.
two people drawing on some posters with a permanent marker. the posters are taped to a brick wall.

Each of the three posters is integral to the legibility of the message as a whole, with the sole instruction, “Roll the die and mark out the symbol you receive, as many times as you desire. A hidden message will appear.”

Playing with the gesture of obscuring and revealing information, the posters mix clairvoyance with the occult, taking form through the participation of curious passerby.

the shadow of someone making small marks on a semi-opaque poster, taped to a glass wall. in the background are some buildings and a green lawn, with a blue sky.

Starting off as a blank slate, the set plays with the illusion of endless possibility in its densely textured grid of seemingly random symbols. With each letter consisting of several individually “chosen” marks, event info emerges as the result of strangers’ collaboration over the span of a day.

three posters, side by side, all with the text 'OUIJA BOARD SEANCE — OCT 30 — 9PM — LEMP BREWERY OFFICE' placed throughout. some posters contain dots for visitors to connect, others with grids of cells to fill out.

As “crowdsourced” posters, the success of this set relied on several rounds of testing with our classmates. We had to keep in mind different variables: how complete should the message be? What writing instruments would each mark require, and at what scale? Other questions we considered ranged from the markmaking surface, (ultimately mylar paper for its on-theme opaqueness) to the making of our dice (woodburned 2" blocks).

closeup shot of two woodburned blocks of wooden dice set against a black void for a background. next to the blocks are posters containing grids of densely textured symbols, some marked out in black.

Fall 2021

24 × 36" each