01 - 22 MAY 2010


From the 1st to the 22nd of May  Fabrica will present at the Fabrica Features store in Lisbon Elliott Burford is Spam, an exhibition and a book of illustrations about E-mail spam by Fabrica designer and art director Elliott Burford.

E-mail spam, also known as junk mail, is the practice of sending unsolicited bulk e-mail messages, frequently with commercial content – adverts, scams, pornography – in large quantities to an indiscriminate set of recipients. Many spam-filtering techniques work by searching for patterns and keywords in the headers or bodies of messages, identifying offenders and deleting. To defeat such filters, the spammer may intentionally misspell commonly filtered words and use increasingly abstract sentences to avoid detection. This illustration collection by Elliott Burford reinterprets and visualises the titles of spam e-mails.

Elliott Burford is a graphic designer and art director who also works in visual arts. He was born in 1984 and raised in Adelaide, Australia. His experience in design and advertising across Australia, Europe and the US samples a cross section of small to multinational clients. From branding, packaging and corporate literature to tattoos, clocks and stationery collections, his focus remains on identity, singular concepts and communication. Elliott currently lives in Treviso, Italy, as a resident in Fabrica.

Launched in 2001, Fabrica Features is the name of a series of retail shops that sell Fabrica’s design articles and double as multiethnic and multimedia spaces where exhibitions, screenings, live performances and workshops offer major opportunities for people to meet. The Fabrica Features stores facilitate a commercial exchange of art and a fusion of cultural events in a global network. ù

Today, in addition to Lisbon, the Fabrica Features spaces are in Bologna (Italy), Hong Kong (China) and Istanbul (Turkey). Fabrica Features boasts too innovative ‘temporary stores’ which have visited cities such as Paris (France), Rotterdam (Netherlands), London (UK) and Porto (Portugal).