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Dingbat Liberation Fest II

Friday December 11

Location: CASCO, Office for Art, Design and Theory Utrecht (NL)

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[caption id="attachment_3675" align="alignright" width="400" caption="Marzipan production at the Dingbat Liberation Fest I"]Marzipan production at the Dingbat Liberation Fest
I[/caption]Next week, OSP is happy to re-play Dingbat kitchen with students from the Arnhem Academy of Art and Design.

"Dingbats have sneaked into most computers nowadays. They're as much a part of the Unicode Standard as the Roman Alphabet is. Dingbats are up for grabs; it’s just a matter of locating them on your harddisk. The font projects OSP develops and the dingbats they sample, function in a something that could perhaps be called a Commons. But how can we really get our hands on them? Let's find out and liberate (y)our dingbats!"


  • 800 grams ground almonds
  • 800 grams powdered sugar
  • a bit of water
  • almond essence
  • rolling pin
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 large spoon
  • grease proof paper
  • multiple installs of Inkscape
  • cookie cutters
  • a beamer (preferably 2 that can project side by side)
  • an internet connection
  • natural food coloring (3 different colors)
  • a complete overview of the Unicode standard
  • a complete set of Unicode numbers 2700–27BF including their descriptions, printed on paper slips and folded inwards
  • 200 sheets of black paper (A4)
  • 200 sheets of white paper (A4)
  • 15 cutters
  • glue
  • 2 serving trays or 3 large plates
  • tape
  • 3 digital cameras
  • cardboard or cutting mats