The Chara-ji, or Character Characters, are logographic characters in the form of cartoon faces. Inspired by the use of radicals in the Chinese writing system, every character in the Chara-ji is designed to be composed of graphical components. The third and fourth set of pictures are excerpts from a poem by Norman Erikson Pasaribu: “Tentang Sepasang Lelaki Muda di Basemen P3 fX Sudirman“ and its English translation by Tiffany Tsao: “On a Pair of Young Men in the Underground Car Park at fX Sudirman Mall” translated into Chara-ji. All the pieces above were exhibited in the Digital Future Exhibition in Manchester School of Art.

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