Paul Elliman

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Paul Elliman (1961, UK) is an artist and designer based in London. His work combines an interest in typography and the human voice, often referring to forms of audio signage that mediate a relationship between both. His typeface Found Fount (aka Bits) is an ongoing collection of found ‘typography’ drawn from objects and industrial debris in which no letter-form is repeated.

Elliman's work has addressed the instrumentalisation of the human voice as a kind of typography, engaging the voice in many of its social and technological guises, as well as imitating other languages and sounds of the city included the non-verbal messages of emergency vehicle sirens, radio transmissions and the muted acoustics of architectural space. He has exhibited widely in venues such as the Institute of Contemporary Arts[1] and Tate Modern[2] in London, the New Museum and Moma (Ecstatic Alphabets, 2012) in New York,[3] APAP in Anyang, South Korea, Kunsthalle Basel. In 2009 his project "Sirens Taken for Wonders" was commissioned for the New York biennial Performa09,[4] and took the form of a radio discussion about the coded language of emergency vehicle sirens, as well as a series of siren-walks through the city. During 2010 he contributed a series of whistled versions of bird song transcriptions by Olivier Messiaen for the show We Were Exuberant and Still Had Hope, at Marres Centre for Contemporary Art, Maastricht.

Elliman is also visiting critic at Yale School of Art,[5] New Haven, and a thesis supervisor at the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem, Netherlands.


  1. ^ "A Recent History: Paul Elliman". ICA. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis". Tate Modern. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Sound of Things: Unmonumental Audio". New Museum. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Shah, Samir (23 November 2009). "Sirens Taken for Wonders". Urban Omnibus. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Heiges, Nathan (2007). "FACULTY: Paul Elliman, Designer". Yale University. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 

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