WISH YOU WERE HERE

WISH YOU WERE HERE by Harald Geisler

WISH YOU WERE HERE Object
created 2018
signed on the backside

Framed 35x35x4.5cm

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SATOR Square

The SATOR Square is a latin Palindrome. The keys read the same backwards and forwards, from bottom to top. As a result the SATOR Square evokes a calming sense of order and complete symmetry. The earliest datable square was found in the ruins of Pompeii, that was buried in the ash of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 almost 2000 years ago.

🇩🇪Das SATOR Quadrat ist ein lateinisches Satz Palindrom. Die Tasten lassen sich gleichsam vorwärts und rückwärts, sowie von oben nach unten und von unten nach oben lesen. Dem Quadrat wird eine beruhigende und magische Wirkung zugeschrieben. Das früheste datierbare Quadrat wurde in Pompeji gefunden, einer Stadt die 79 n. Chr. vor fast 2000 Jahren, bei einem Vulkanausbruch unter der Asche des Vesuvs begraben wurde.

Sator Square by Harald Geisler

SATOR Square #25

Black-Yellow Cross

Frame: 25.5cm x 25.5cm x 4.5cm, approx. 1.2kg
Signed on backside.

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Sator Square #25 Black-Yellow Cross by Harald Geisler
SATOR Square #24 N
set in used keyboard-keys.

sold to C. Defrance, Brooklyn, NY

Sator Square #24 by Harald Geisler
SATOR Square #22

Set in used hebrew Keyboard keys from the IBM T20 (KFRK) Notebook Series. The keys were made 2007 in China and printed in Ireland.

Frame: 25.5cm x 25.5cm x 4.5cm, approx. 1.2kg
Signed on backside.

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Sator Square #22 Hebrew by Harald Geisler
SATOR Square #23
set in used keyboard-keys.

Frame: 25.5cm x 25.5cm x 4.5cm, approx. 1.2kg
Signed on backside.

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Sator Square #23 Hebrew by Harald Geisler
SATOR Square #21
set in used keyboard-keys.

sold to R. Pohl, IL, US

Sator Square #21 by Harald Geisler
SATOR Square #20
set in Apple A1243 keys
ca. 2007 – 2009.

The keys used are taken from four Apple A1243 Keyboards which were introduced in 2007 and produced until 2009.

Typographic Detail: Up until the 2000s the letters of Apple keyboards are positioned in the lower left and not in the upper left like most PC keyboards. Instead of an extended upright typeface
with a rather static look, the typeface used here is condensed and cursive which gives the keys a fast appeal (See SATOR Square #11). Later this style was replaced with a rounded upright Futura variant, centered on the key, as you can see here on the A1243.

Frame: 25.5cm x 25.5cm x 4.5cm, approx. 1.2kg
Signed on backside.

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Sator-Square-#20 with Apple A1243 keys by Harald Geisler
SATOR Square #11
set in black Apple keys ca. 2000.
sold to S. Schiller, Frankfurt Germany

The keys used are taken from four Apple Pro Keyboards that were build around 2000.
The Apple Pro Keyboard was assembled in Malaysia and designed in California.

Frame: 25.5cm x 25.5cm x 4.5cm, approx. 1.2kg
Signed on backside.

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SATOR Square #14
set in IBM Model M keys
ca. 1985 – 1989.
sold to M. McGregor, Brooklyn USA

The keys used are taken from four IBM Model M Keyboards designed in 1984 and presumably build around 1989 (see picture below). The IBM Model M Keyboard was manufactured in the United Kingdom.

SATOR Square #14 IBM backside

In PCWorld (Jul 8, 2008) Benj Edwards writes about the Model M:
“Stung by the criticism, IBM assembled a ten-person task force to craft a new keyboard, according to David Bradley, a member of that task force and of the 5150’s design team. Their resulting 101-key design, 1984’s Model M, became the undisputed bellwether for the computer industry, with a layout that dominates desktops to this day. As we peek under the hood of this legend, you’ll soon see why many consider the Model M to be the greatest keyboard of all time.”

Frame: 25.5cm x 25.5cm x 4.5cm, approx. 1.2kg
Signed on backside.

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Space in Writing.

“a quietly provocative composition that
re-contextualizes the space bar as a
functional signifier of emptiness.”

Another dear series made with keyboard keys is Space in Writing. The first object had this text written on the back:

Seventeen
words
to
describe
seventeen
used
space
bars,
arranged
vertically,
left
aligned
in
a
white
wooden
frame.

So far I created six objects in this series. With every object one space bar is removed from the composition and one word from the description. The second piece came with the text:

Sixteen
words
to
describe
sixteen
used
space
bars,
arranged
vertically,
left
aligned
in
a
white
frame.

As the series continues the last object of the series, #18 would be an empty frame without description.

Space in Writing #6
Creation date: February 10th, 2018

Twelve
words
describe
twelve
black
space
bars,
left
aligned
in
white
frame.

Signed on backside. Measurements: 35 x 45 x 4,3 cm (width x hight x depth)

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Space in Writing #6 by Harald Geisler

Space in Writing #4
Creation date: February 10th, 2018
Owner: J. Hartnack, Frankfurt a. M. Germany

Fourteen
words
to
describe
fourteen
space
bars,
arranged
vertically,
left
aligned
in
a
frame.

Signed on backside. Measurements: 35 x 45 x 4,3 cm (width x hight x depth)

Space in Writing #6 by Harald Geisler

Space in Writing #3
Creation date: 2013
Owner: S. Spiegel, Hamburg Germany

Fifteen
words
to
describe
fifteen
used
space
bars,
arranged
vertically,
left
aligned
in
a
frame.

Space in Writing #2
Creation date: 2013
Owner: David Low, Asquith, Australia

Sixteen
words
to
describe
sixteen
used
space
bars,
arranged
vertically,
left
aligned
in
a
white
frame.

Space in Writing #1

Creation date: April 2nd, 2010
Owner: S. J. Sloat, Frankfurt a. M. Germany

Seventeen
words
to
describe
seventeen
used
space
bars,

arranged
vertically,

left
aligned
in
a
white
wooden
frame.

Siebzehn
Wörter
um
siebzehn
gebrauchte
Leertasten
zu
beschreiben,
vertikal
arrangiert,
linksbündig

angelegt
in

einem
weißen
hölzernen
Rahmen.

Space in Writing by Harald Geisler

Goethe on a plate:
Life loves, loving enlivens.


Leben liebt
lieben belebt

Glück auf!
Müssen und wollen
denken und tun
streben und warten


Life loves
loving enlivens

Good luck!
Obliged and willing
thinking and performing
strive and waiting

Harald Geisler’s handwritten black ink calligraphy on white Rosenthal porcelain.
Poem by Goethe.
Diameter 16.5cm, every piece is handmade, open edition.

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They don’t care that you’re a vegetarian. Delicate white plate with handwritten blue calligraphy and triple gold trim on bavarian porcelain.

The plate is plain white, with two gold bands and a gold rim. Simple and delicate.

I’m a typographer and the plate is part of an ongoing research I’m doing about how writing and images are used on tableware. It started when i continuously had to look at the ikea logo at the the cheap glasses in my studio after finishing a drink. Then i realized that there is on almost everything a logo, typography, images that subtle but constant deliver information.

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