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Daphne
Reijtenbagh

Quie Daphne,

Project details

Year
2020
Programme
Graphic Design
Practices
Commercial
Minor
Data Design

Quie Daphne, is an ode to handwriting and to ourselves in times of quarantine and perhaps coincidentally to the poetry of faltering technology.

‘Man dagen og dens de lockedown agn urgwelleeg.’

‘Een clog týdeus m’a cosidig – quarantaine.’

Forty handwritten letters form the basis of ‘Quie Daphne,’. The letters describe a day of life in quarantine.

These originally handwritten letters have been converted by an Image-to-Text-Converter. These conversions produce mysterious sentences, like melodies with sound and rhythm. How much of the meaning gets lost varies from letter to letter. On the one hand, the converted, typed text differs from the feel and connectedness of a handwritten text. However, you are now reading something new that floats between the old and the new. In the world of quarantine, I am looking for a new language. ‘Quie Daphne,’ is the outcome of converting ‘Dear Daphne,’ handwritten by my grandmother. This publication shows the journey from Image-To-Text-Converter to typed text to eventually the original handwritten letter.

Quie Daphne, is an ode to handwriting and to ourselves in times of quarantine and perhaps coincidentally to the poetry of faltering technology.

‘En de zon végoelt VEEL.’