25: Oded Ezer

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In this episode, I talk to experimental typographer Oded Ezer about animated gifs, Arctic Monkeys, retreating to the sea, painting the moon, and eliminating nationalities in the name of living in harmony.

Oded is a graphic artist, “mad type scientist” and conceptual artist (known as “Cat Chap”) based in Tel Aviv. His notable typographic works are wide-ranging in their investigations, touching on technology, religion, politics, pornography, mythology, the Middle East, and even chewing gum.

“I use typography in order to say things about our life.”

—Oded Ezer

He founded the Hebrew Typography type foundry in 2004, and has exhibited widely, most notably a series of short films at the V&A in London and MoMA in New York.

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Photos: We Are Family (2015). Typography / Tipografya (2004). The Essentials of Socialization, by Cat Chap (2015). Oded Ezer.


Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Typography – Jim Dandy
Miles from Nowhere – Cat Stevens
The Smile On Your Face – Little Ann
Ludlow St. – Julian Casablancas
Left Hand Free – alt-J
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Oded Ezer: The Typographer’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Oded Ezer
On Yona Wallach
The Medium is the Massage, by Marshall McLuhan
Cinema 1: The Movement-Image, by Gilles Deleuze

Watch List
5 Films About Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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  2. Mama says:

    Loved! Loved! Loved! this interview…like a reunion of sorts…two friends meeting (x2), going their own way; to create, design, live life…then coming together, once again, to share their individual experiences. While, full of depth and exciting information, it was, also, light-hearted & fun. Oded Ezer/Cat Chap….both interesting personalities. Really enjoyed Oded’s take on “typography” and its role in today’s world & the world of tomorrow; especially, due to my love of “calligraphy” and cursive script, both, becoming rarities. Cursive Writing is even being removed from many school curriculums (sad, to me). However, Oded’s “dot font” is fascinating and reminded me a little of “cross-stitch” embroidery. He, definitely, exemplifies the statement: “the ONLY Constant in Life is CHANGE!” I get it. He’s so creative and far-seeing….one to follow, for sure! Delightful exchange between you two! I really enjoy your interesting and innovative Podcasts, honey! Keep them coming! I’m learning LOTS about this “Brave New World.”

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