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Creative Mapping - Year 2 Mapping Beyond

How Language Locates Us – Year 2 Yara El-Sherbini and Jeremy Wood

12 Mar 2009

Newham Sixth Form College BTEC students create the world's largest font with artists Yara El-Sherbini and Jeremy Wood

Students from Newham Sixth Form College worked with artists Yara El-Sherbini and Jeremy Wood on the How Language Locates Us project. The work will be displayed as part of Iniva’s Mapping Beyond exhibition series at Rivington Place.

The project explored the role of language as a marker to identify time and place and to map experiences. A series of text-based works were created from the students’ life experiences around themes of community, home and culture.

The group then created the world’s largest font using GPS mapping devices, developing individual characters and exploring the relationship of language to space. Playing with sound and meaning, they then created a body of work that the ‘worlds largest font’ is applied to.

How Language Locates Us is part of Creative Mapping, a three-year learning initiative involving schools and colleges in East London.