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Open doors + special guest: Melle Hammer

Every first Thursday of the month De Monsterkamer organises an open doors + special guest event. This time we invited Melle Hammer.

  • Date: 03/07/2014
  • Time: 17:00 - 20:00
  • Speaker: Melle Hammer + actor Chris Junge
  • Organiser: De Monsterkamer

Melle Hammer (1956) is an allround graphic designer. His work is lingering between art, design and advertising. He develops typography, industrial products, furniture and stage-sets. As a writer and book compiler he does what he think is necessary and he leaves out what he can’t do.

His most recent book (2014) is called Lalala with the subtitle Typografie, Centrifuge en Grootboek. The book looks fierce, but is actually a precise collage of observations, projects and intimate experiences. This with regard to the weird things we called letters/characters and how they are – if properly arranged – connected from the hand of the author to the brain of the reader.


The book contains the work of Melle Hammer and collaborations in word and image with artists and writers. Among others Jill Magid (USA), Connie Dekker (NL), type designer Yara Khoury (Lebanon), sound poet Jaap Blonk (NL), designer Katinka Neyen (Germany) and more. The book also contains a poem from poet K. Michel (NL), a bread recipe from graphic designer Charles Melcher (USA) and a contribution of type conservator David Shields (USA).

During the presentation in De Monsterkamer, Melle will elaborate the visual qualities of the printing process phenomena in the book, like grid, moire, production sheets, choice of paper etc.


Pages from LaLaLa


Pages from LaLaLa


Pages from LaLaLa

LaLaLa | design by Melle Hammer | edition: 500 | 244 pages | 170 x 240mm | paperbound with textile cover + extra insert of 16 pages | Igepa paper. (Read the beautiful review  – in Dutch- by Chris Vermaas)

During the presentation on July 3rd there will be a staged monodrama, called ‘ons ons’, written by Melle Hammer, played by Chris Junge and directed by Erik Koningsberger. It takes half an hour and will be performed exclusively for the guests of De Monsterkamer.

ons ons shows us a tormented writer who creates – in the privacy of his own room – his ideal female reader. Imagining loudly, he writes her closer to him. His loneliness becomes hers, his desire for her becomes her desire for him. Their greatest wish is to meet each other in the real world, outside the text. It can not be otherwise, because she is a creation of his brain. “I manage the details!” he says. “I am trying to think you towards me”, she replied…


  • 17:00 Drinks
  • 18:00 Presentation Melle Hammer
  • 18:30 Staged monodrama ‘ons ons’ by Chris Junge
  • 19:00 Drinks
  • 20:00 Who wants: join us for dinner

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