BADLANDS UNLIMITED/NATIONAL PHILISTINE
Paul Chan: Sade for Fonts Sake
For Mac, Windows, Linux
As a complement to his monumental digital projection Sade for Sade's Sake, Paul Chan created a set of 21 truetype digital fonts. Unlike conventional fonts, Chan's Sade fonts are comprised of sexual phrases and sentence fragments rather than letters, so that what is typed on the keyboard is not what appears on the screen. Some, like "Oh Bishop X" and "Oh Justine," are based on characters in novels by Sade, while others are inspired by characters from the news (Monica Lewinsky), porn stars (Michael Lucas) and poets and writers (Gertrude Stein, Hölderlin) whose work conflates sex with the rhythms and shapes of words. This special edition data CD works with all three operating systems (Mac, Windows and Linux) and includes a special font installer; it also contains a suite of drawings by Chan, and a collection of his digital pdf works made using the fonts.