Emery L. Norton is a graphic designer and editor who writes under the false name C.M. Ellen.

1    Graphic Design

Focus: publications, exhibition graphics and websites with an emphasis on concept and typography.

2    Writing

Almost Improv: Interview with Filmmaker Gary Burns, Autumn 2018; on the occasion of screening “Kitchen Party” (1997), for Selim Projects. 

The Midden: Press Release, Autumn 2018; for Garret Publications

Try To Act As If You Don’t Know, Autumn 2018; review of the publication “OASE #100: Karel Martens and the Architecture of the Journal”, for Arkkitehti (Finnish Architectural Review)

A Table With Three Legs, Summer 2018; conceptual reading of Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60, for “The Lives of Others” exhibition catalogue at Factory Gallery in Seoul 

From Without to About to Something Else, Summer 2018; S’lim Zine #6 editorial, for Selim Projects 

Footnotes For The Reader: Interview with Leevi Lehto, Summer 2018; accompanying the preface to “Alussa oli Kääntäminen: 2000-luvun poetiikkaa” (In the Beginning Was Translation: A 21st Century Poetics), for S’lim Zine #6

A Vacuum Cleaner Is For Cleaning Except When It Is Not, Spring 2017; short fiction making up the artistic component of the MA thesis from Aalto Univeristy, under the mentorship of Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey 

Portraits Probably, Spring 2016; workshop at Design Museum Helsinki on the ocassion of the exhibition “Daniel Palillo”, for Helsinki New and Pre Helsinki  



Contact: e-mail, phone, text message, instagram

Design news: typesetting the book of essays “Salt in the Wound: Encounters with Comtemporary Artists Across Europe” by curator Jurriaan Benschop, for Garret Publications; collaborative redesign of the magazine “Arkkitehti”,  for the Finnish Architectural Review; exhibition graphics and publication on Minna Canth, for Teatterimuseo.

Non-design news: Copyediting the recipes of Rirkrit Tiravanija and Antto Melasniemi (Bastard Brothers) for their forthcoming cookbook (2019); Editing a forthcoming serial publication that pairs archival interviews with newly commissioned texts (ongoing until Spring 2020), for Design Museum Helsinki.

News regarding relevant leisure activities, a.k.a. hobbies, a.k.a. personal research: a wordbook on translation titled “Abandon Abandon” and a perpetual calendar based on the work of Russian graphic artist R. Naiden.

Old news: Master of Arts graduate from Aalto University under the mentorship of Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey; national recognition from the Graphic Designers of Canada, the Design Exchange: Canada’s Design Museum and Grafia’s Vuoden Huiput.

Header icon: the top of the page is a revolving space with a dual function; it displays work (either discarded drafts or excerpts from published projects) and it adds navigation to the site (linking to *this* page on mobile and to the top of the design page on desktop). Currently on display is a drawing from p.21 of the publication “Yearbook of Exhibitions 2016–17: Harald Herlin Learning Centre”.


Mark

The Midden marks the end of a five-year multidisciplinary research initiative on ecological issues in contemporary art. In response to the current oil-dependent society, termed fossil modernity, it aims at imagining new paths toward more livable futures.

As its title suggests, editors Jenni Nurmenniemi and Tracey Warr use the idea of a compost hill to frame the book’s content – a complex and productive mixture of thought. Contributions from the fields of media studies, speculative fiction, philosophy and curatorial writing are left to seep and leak into one another. Many boundaries in the book dissolve naturally challenging dichotomies, segments and divisions of different kinds. At other times, borders breakdown in a more conscious editorial effort: disparate sources – from Donna Haraway to Lewis Carroll to George Bataille – traverse the pages of one text and reappear later in others.

Time and change are key factors at play in the compost. The Midden digs into a heap of material amassed by the art research network Frontiers in Retreat. From 2013–18 the project involved eight residency and research organizations from around Europe and 25 artists including Bartaku, Quelic Berga, Brett Bloom, Sylvia Grace Borda, Company, Gints Gabrans, Fernando Garcia-Dory, Kati Gausmann, Carl Giffney, Tue Greenfort, Terike Haapoja, Hanna Husberg, Radhildur Ingadottir, Saara-Maria Kariranta, Mari Keski-Korsu, Elena Mazzi, Janne Nabb & Maria Teeri, Mirko Nikolic, Tuula Närhinen, Khaled Ramadan, Anna Rubio, Joanes Simon-Perret, Richard Skelton, Tracey Warr, and Simon Yuill.

Underlining some of the research themes such as entanglement and co-constitution, the book presents documentary photographs of artists’ work and renders them in superimposed compositions. An image from one work is left to negotiate with another, and another and so on, where sculpture and workshop or research and performance become something else.

What will art and society become in the future under a post-fossil or post-sustainable paradigm? And how can they challenge human-centred and Western European world views? The Midden is a melting pot that collects various lines of inquiry where participating artists and writers “seek new routes, concepts and operating systems for making these entwined ecologies palpable.”


Summary for Idea Books
ideabooks.nl

The Midden marks the end of a five-year multidisciplinary research initiative on ecological issues in contemporary art. In response to the current oil-dependent society, termed fossil modernity, it aims at imagining new paths toward more livable futures. The book digs into a heap of material amassed by the art research project Frontiers in Retreat (2013–18) involving 25 artists at residencies across Europe. Contributors from the fields of media studies, speculative fiction, philosophy and curatorial writing include Taru Elfving, Emmi Itäranta, Jenni Nurmenniemi, Jussi Parikka, Antti Salminen, and Tracey Warr.



Mark