El Alto and beyond…

More images from Bolivia and BICeBé 2009.


Above: The Andes mountain range on the road between Lake Titicaca and La Paz/El Alto. New photos from La Paz, El Alto, Lake Titicaca, and more have been uploaded to Geotypografika Flickr. New contributions are welcome! More to come today! Please click on the images for a larger view.

(UPDATE: New group available: BICeBé 2009 People.)

Sí, un mata de coca, por favor.


Above: Antonio Carlos, Xavier Bermudez, and Sergio Vega, chat in the cafe outside the lecture hall. A warm and welcoming group of people graced this event, conversations were long, frequent, and vibrant. Surprising moment on day three: Argentinian designer Pablo Kunst included a reference to the size of my feet in his lecture. It’s true.(BICeBé 2009 People)

Sí, por favor, uno más… de mate de coca.


Above: The courtyard of the Museo Nacional de Arte in La Paz, Bolivia, site of the BICeBé 2009 Fukuda Hommage exhibition. More images direct from BICeBé, and here, and here. The biennial hosted many more exhibitions, including stunning work by Andrew Lewis, Mehdi Seedi, Bolivian posters (with Marina Córdova Alvéstegui!), a collection of German posters curated by Taschen Editor-in-Charge, Julius Wiedemann, the biennial competition itself, a collection from Spain, and an inspiring display of Obama campaign and election posters. Presentation by Allesandro Manetti and Fabio Filippi from IED Barcelona were especially inspiring, as was the work of their colleague Eric Olivares (IED and Cocina Gráfica.)

Sí, por favor, otro de mate de coca.


Above: Julián Naranjo, Chile, with his Fukuda homage, Museo Nacional de Arte.
(BICeBé 2009 People)


Above: Sergio Olivotti, Italy. See more at the online exhibition, 76 Designers for Fukuda, and on Geotypografika Flickr.


Above: Please forgive me, but I can’t resist including this photo taken by Julián Naranjo, my Fukuda poster alongside Andrew Lewis‘ contribution. Two generous and wonderful new friends.


Above: A love note seen from the bridge in La Paz, and one more here: Todo mi amor y agradecimiento a Susana, David, y todos los asistentes asombrosa de BICeBé 2009! ¡Viva el jurado, invitados, y el pueblo de Bolivia! More stunning images of La Paz here.


Above: Banners decorating the conference hall, an amazing collection of jurors, lecturers, and invitados! Plus one crooked nose and teeth.


Above: Trucha di Limón, Lake Titicaca.


Above: Eric Olivares, IED Barcelona and Cocina Gráfica, descends into Tiquina, Lake Titicaca.


Above: Tiquina, Bolivia. More on Geotypografika Flickr.


Above: The sky over Lake Titicaca.


Above: Lake Titicaca, Bolivia.


Above: Two inspiring people, BICeBé 2009 organizers Susana Machiado
and David Criado. (BICeBé 2009 People)


Above: Safe back home in Powderhorn, some more rampant and shameless self-indulgence. In all sincerity, what a wonderful gift, the biennial banner signed by all the intrepid assistants (¡shouts!), and more inspiring new friends.

¡El Conejo VIVE ‘muthafukas’! Oh, and that is correct. Er, right. ¡Viva La Paz!
!Viva el diseño de Bolivia!
¡Viva el diseño global!

Please see more of La Paz here, and BICeBé 2009 People here.

11 Responses to “El Alto and beyond…”

Clap, clap, clap, clap!!! Oh, what an inspiring and touching post dear Conejo!!! Beautiful pictures + beautiful people.

Marina Córdova Alvéstegui added these words on Nov 24 09 at 2:01 PM

Thank you, Marina! All the best from MPLS to you in La Paz, it was simply unforgettable because of wonderful people like you. Gracias por hacerme sentir tan bienvenida?

Erik Brandt added these words on Nov 24 09 at 2:45 PM

Dear Erik I just share a tear :´(
Thanks for your kind words, for visit and support us.
Thank you for your gifts and most of all for be such a nice guy.

Susana Machicao added these words on Nov 24 09 at 4:56 PM

Thank you, Susana! What you and David did for all of us will never be forgotten!

Erik Brandt added these words on Nov 24 09 at 6:21 PM

El Alto and beyond…: More images from Bolivia and BICeBé 2009.

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Erik Brandt added these words on Nov 24 09 at 6:41 PM

(bienvenido, an ‘o’ usually ends an adjective when it is applied to a male). The feeling is mutual my friend, you truly have a warm and kind heart! You’re welcome and you should definitely come back to La Paz :D

Marina Córdova Alvéstegui added these words on Nov 25 09 at 7:55 AM

conejo! when i own a large house, i want an erik brant banner to put in it

Chris Burns added these words on Nov 25 09 at 10:04 AM

Just re-organized the photos on Flickr, now there is a set called BICeBé 2009 here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/geotypografika/sets/72157622880478916/

Erik Brandt added these words on Nov 26 09 at 11:55 AM

i m so proud of you Mr. Brandt the picx look great, your poster is awesome n the big banner is just wicked!!!!!!

Mona Makhlouf added these words on Feb 23 10 at 6:42 AM

Shokran, Mona! too funny, some of the nicest people I have ever met, they were so kind and supportive. Much like a certain group of students in Qatar! :-)

Erik Brandt added these words on Feb 26 10 at 8:12 AM

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