International Symposium and Media Art Exhibition

on the current state and future of letters in motion

in art, design and space.



Media Art Exhibition: ,Akademos. A Place for Poets and Philosophers´

extended until March 31, 2017

Gutenberg-Museum Mainz, Germany




Mainz, Germany

MOTYF2016 Festival Opening

International Symposium and Media Art Exhibition

24 Nov, 2016



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Hochschule Mainz, IMG

HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd

Polish-Japanese Academy

of Information Technology

International Symposium

‘Moving Types – Gutenberg goes Media.’

25 Nov, 2016


Media Art Exhibition

‘Akademos. A Place for Poets and Philosophers.’

24 Nov, 2016 – 31 March, 2017



Future Type Lab

23, 24 and 26 Nov, 2016


MOTYF 2016

International Moving Type Festival


International Moving

Type Festival


Festival Opening

24 Nov 2016
7 pm

Mainz, Germany

Third MOTYF Festival

24 and 25 November 2016 sees the third international MOTYF festival on the current state of, and future outlook for, moving type in our present age. Under the title ‘MOVING TYPES – Gutenberg Goes Media’, the phenomenon of the dynamic type and its added value compared to its static counterpart in an increasingly multimedia and convergent world is in focus. Typography is becoming more and more omnipresent, and its function has changed from that of purely conveying information to that of an interpersonal protagonist: in its surface area, in space, in time and in self-organizing network structures.


Debate and Discourse

MOTYF will promote debate and discourse on current developments in the area of digital design, as well as presenting and critically discussing the status quo and future perspectives. The symposium is complemented by active program elements such as an especially distinguished media art exhibition, numerous hotspots and workshops and countless ‘best practice’ and artistic examples – a future lab of the very best…


Symbolic Location

The event will be held at the Gutenberg Museum Mainz – the symbolic location for the history of printing, writing and books.

Moreover this location will host the media art exhibition ‘Akademos – A Place for Poets and Philosophers’, comprising media work from the young up-and-coming generation of artists, its presence will be felt far beyond this festival…


MOTYF is a joint brand of MOVING TYPES and the polish partner Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technologies, which already successfully organised two festivals in Warsaw in 2013 and 2014.



Moving Types – Gutenberg goes Media

International Symposium

Moving Types – Gutenberg goes Media.


25 Nov, 2016, 9 am – 7 pm


Mainz, Germany


Symposium Language German and English




Future Perspectives for Dynamic Letters

The symposium is the central component of the MOTYF2016 festival. Under the title ‘MOVING TYPES – Gutenberg goes Media’, the focus is on the presentation of words and letters in motion also in increasingly convergent media and space. Set against this background, leading figures from the media world and creative and design industries, from all over the world, will report on and discuss the status quo and also future perspectives for the dynamic letters in film, advertising, space and the internet. The symposium is aimed at the general public as well as aspiring and media creatives, professional designers, journalists and publishers, students and graduates who use sign systems and digital technologies as their creative tools, and who regard these as being an important component of their value creation chain.


International Guests

In around a dozen talks and hotspots, the renowned national and international guests will consider the topic on the basis of its creative, historical, academic and technical aspects.


The Aim

The aim of the symposium is to address the question of the future of moving type and interactive, networked and mobile design parameters where technology, design and information interact.



Festival Opening                    


7:15 pm

Dr. Annette Ludwig

(Director Gutenberg-Museum)



7 pm

Prof. Dr. Muth

President Hochschule Mainz


Prof. Anja Stöffler,

Prof. Ralf Dringenberg

Prof. Ewa Satalecka


MOTYF2016 -

Moving Types Reloaded.

Poetry and Lyrics in Motion.


7:30 pm

Bazon Brock


You must give your all; gods don’t bestow you with anything.


Learned people are those who themselves fulfil the demands they make of others.



Tilman Baumgärtel (D)

9:45 am



Jan Kubasiewicz (US)

9:15 am

10:15 am

Welcome and Lyric in Motion with Anja Stöffler and Ralf Dringeberg.

Story about Motyf: Ewa Satalecka.


At the Beginning … Kinetic Typography and when letters start acting.


Text and Time:
A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Audiovisuality


Mike Meiré (D)

12:15 am

Jochen Huber (CH)

Brody Neuenschwander (BE)

11:45 am

12:45 am

Situtated Moving Types:

Beyond the 2D Screen



Writing for the Camera:

A few remarks on issues of the design and legibility of writing in motion

Brian Lucid (NZ)

3:15 pm

Markus Dömer (D)

Hilary Kenna (IRL)

2:45 pm

3:45 pm

LeYo! static books - digitally enhanced.

The Multi-Dimensional Interface: Movement and Metaphor in User Interface Design.


Designing the Future Reading Experience (RX)


Hans-Jörg Pochmann (D)

5:45 pm

David Brüll (D)

5:15 pm

Telling stories in digital expanded spaces

Literaturwurst 2.0 / or:
inscriptions of first and second order.



On 24 and 25 Nov 2016, as part of the accompanying programme running

during the MOTYF2016 festival, there will be hotspots, performances, lecture programming and real-time visualisations in the museum’s courtyard and on its facades.


The Messenger Project

Florian Egermann

Intervention, Ongoing Project

‘The Messenger Project’ is an ongoing series of performances at Media Arts Festivals. He employs the role of a messenger and provides paper, pens, envelopes and custom designed stamps to the visitors. They are invited to address their letters to anybody (or anything) within the festival grounds. Florian delivers the letter in person.

Viewing the future:

ZDF, the German Public Broadcasting Station, well known for high-quality 2D-TV, is now diving deep into the new immersive media-form called 360-Video. Visitors will have the possibility to see and feel this empathic video-medium.

Performance with Poems

 Art Director: Götz Brandt

The officially recognized SCHAUSPIELSCHULE MAINZ exists since the year 1985. On the occasion of the Exhibition Opening of Akademos. A place for Poets and Philosophers Students of the current Semester will interpret and present texts written by the Poets Kurt Schwitter and Ernst Jandl.

The acoustic but similarly vocal, noisy and musical interpretations of the poems on selected places in the museum connect –  to a great extent like types in motion in time-based design solutions – the elusiveness with the sustainability, the Aesthetic with the sense of meaning, the apparent randomness with the organization.

With Patrick Isermeyer, Lisa Prelog, Theresa Faßbender and Malte Haas.

Media Exhibition

Akademos. A Place for Poets and Philosophers.


Media  Art Exhibition

Akademos. A Place for Poets and Philosophers.

Exhibition Dates


24 Nov, 2016 -

31 March, 2017


Mainz, Germany




13 Sep, 2016
Façade Projection



Warsaw, Poland

NInA - National Audiovisual Institute


ATypI Conference

New Aesthetics and Techniques

A second central component of the festival is the international media art exhibition ‘Akademos. A Place for Poets and Philosophers’, which features the media work of young up-and-coming artists. The project will provide insights into new aesthetics and techniques, as well as current trends, and also seeks to be an innovator within the context of these media happenings.


Work of Young Up-and-Coming Artists

Its focus is the presentation of artistic positions and textual interpretations of lyricism, poetry and philosophy in space, time and interaction, including interactive, experimental and spatial works. The chosen works will therefore make it possible to directly experience the essence of international image and typographical culture in visual, acoustic and haptic terms. Practical and artistic works, spanning poetry clips, experimental pieces and right up to installations will all be screened in the open-air cinema.


The Aim

The aim of the exhibition is to promote discourse between young, innovative talents and experienced media artists. ‘Akademos’ was inspired by the ancient ‘academos’ (academic schools) – places where philosophers and thinkers would come together for debate and learning.

‘Akademos’ was conceived as a touring exhibition, which will be presented to the public at various European locations. The exhibition is already confirmed for the Gutenberg Museum Mainz and will be shown on the facade of NInA (National Audiovisual Institute) parallel to the international ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale) conference in the evening of the 13th September 2016 in Warsaw.


The exhibition is curated and organised by Anja Stöffler (University of Applied Sciences Mainz/DE), Ralf Dringenberg (Schwäbisch Gmünd University of Design/DE) and Ewa Satalecka (Polish-Japanese Institute Warsaw/PL).


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Accompanying program running during the Media Art Exhibition in Mainz

Lyrical Event

14 Dec, 2016, 7 pm
Lyrical evening event with moving words in language and images. In cooperation with Künstlerhaus Edenkoben and their scholars.

Authors: Rike Scheffler, Manuel Niedermeier, Hans Thill.

Artistic Directors: Hans Thill,  Anja Stöffler





7 pm

Welcome with state secretary
Prof. Dr. Salvatore Barbaro


7:15 pm - 20:15 pm

Lyrikevent 'Anthropozän'

in cooperation with Künstlerhaus Edenkoben

Subsequently get-together with Wine and Patries


Lyrical Performance

26 Jan, 2017, 7 pm

Performance concert to Walter Ruttmann's classic film
"Berlin - Symphony of a City" (1927).
Artists: Ulrike Almut Sandig
and Grigory Semenchuk.



Future Type Lab



Future Type Lab


23, 24 and 26 Nov, 2016

From Calligraphy, Motion Graphics
and Augmented Reality Solutions

MOTYF2016 wants to be more than an exclusive cluster of academics.

The symposium and art exhibition will be complemented by numerous other

events, both practical and artistic, which will bring the subject matter to life. More than 300 students and interested parties will be able to take part in follow-up workshops spanning calligraphy to motion graphics.


These will run during the period the exhibition is open, and will contribute to further sustainability. With Brody Neuenschwander (Belgium), Brian Lucid (New Zealand), Adam Cooke (United Kingdom) and many more.




23 - 24 Nov, 10 am - 3 pm

24 Nov, 9:30 am - 4 pm

Adam Cooke

Hilary Kenna


Brian Lucid




23 - 24 Nov, 9:30 am - 3 pm

24 Nov, 9:30 am - 4 pm

Eleni Martini

Aspasia Voudouris

Brody Neuenschwander




23 - 24 Nov, 10 am - 3 pm

26 Nov, 9 am - 6 pm

Ewa Satalecka

Marcin Wichrowski

Franz Werner


26 Nov, 10 am - 5 pm

Tarja Nieminen