Typojanchi 2021: A Turtle and A Crane




Anthony Lam

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Anthony Lam is a multi-disciplinary designer specializing in visual identity, branding, illustration, and editorial design. Anthony Lam is currently working with the Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong for the art direction, curation and execution of departmental events including degree shows, public lectures, exhibitions, and editorial design for departmental publications.

Labyrinth of Fate

Destiny is always considered as an ideology out of mystery, the concept of a series of events and developments leading to an unpredictable outcome out of one person’s control. On the contrary, Fate is unpredictable yet predetermined. It is a labyrinth with delicate structures and meticulous settings that are intended to confuse and disrupt, but the one involve in this journey with countless joy and grief, is obligated to meet the finish line and then, all the complications and chaos returns to nothing, the one who finishes the labyrinth continues with another unknown journey, in another labyrinth, in another unknown dimension.

  • Pigment print
  • 2200 × 1200 mm
  • 2021
  • Labyrinth of Fate
    Anthony Lam, Labyrinth of Fate
  • Labyrinth of Fate
    Anthony Lam, Labyrinth of Fate

1. A Sacred Tree

Humans have long visualized abstract concepts such as religion and law using writing systems. We make amulets for the purpose of praying for the happiness of individuals and groups, or fortunetelling, and sometimes record human wishes with text, including the interpretation of the operation of the universe. Such a behavior has been handed down from ancient times to the present in similar patterns. It is a fundamental human desire to avoid fear about invisible beings and phenomena as well as ill luck and to pray for blessings. “A Sacred Tree” deals with the wishes and beliefs of artists who have shown unique visual expressions. This part highlights the balance of life and an attitude to wish for it (Dohee Kwon), the wisdom from tradition and experience (Zhao Liu), the symbol of good luck based on personal experience (Studio Bergini), our destiny that embraces both joy and sadness (Anthony Lam), the return to the most basic attitude (Atelier Tout va Bien), words to bear in mind (Mano An), the balance between destiny and desire (O.OO), a mind that calmly contemplates life while observing the world (Hwayoung Lee), amulets for confirming one’s beliefs (Ikki Kobayashi), and criticism of culture (Tnop Wangsillapakun). These artists’ thoughts and emotions are installed like traditional five-colored ribbons hanging from a sacred tree just as in Korean villages for centuries. We hope viewers will find their wishes captured in the works and enjoy them together.

1. A Sacred Tree
With a turtle
With a crane
Slowly with a turtle
Quickly with a crane