Typographer Will Holder produces oral and printed publications with artists and musicians, and is preoccupied with conversation as model and tool for a mutual and improvised set of publishing conditions – whereby the usual roles of commissioner, author, subject, editor, printer and typographer are improvised and shared, as opposed to assigned and pre-determined. Particular attention is placed on an oral production of value and meaning around cultural objects, and how live, extra-informational qualities might be analyzed, documented and scored.
Based in Glasgow, Holder is editor of F.R.DAVID, a journal concerned with reading and writing in the arts (published by de Appel, Amsterdam, between 2007 and 2016). He co-curated TalkShow (with Richard Birkett) at the ICA, London, an exhibition and season of events concerning speech and accountability. Together with Alex Waterman, he edited and typeset Yes, But Is It Edible?, The music of Robert Ashley, for two or more voices (Vancouver: New Documents, 2014), last in a series concerned with a musicological perspective on scoring speech, and the role of printed matter in collective forms of reading and writing: Agapē (MiguelAbreuGallery,2007); Between Thought and Sound (The Kitchen, 2008); The Tiger’s Mind (with Beatrice Gibson) (Sternberg Press, 2012). Holder is a 2015 recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award, and has founded a (“uh”) books, Glasgow.