Originally I wanted to call my project ‘No One’ but a band had already claimed the name. Then I thought maybe it could be ‘Nowan', which is like a phonetic version, when I saw that if I added a ‘d’ it would become NOWAND.
In their simple complexity these three punctuation marks have always fascinated me and perfectly illustrate what NOWAND is about. The name has a curious sense of direction: first it marks the moment (now!), then it points towards something in the future (and?). Inevitably it also begs the question: 'and now?' – it seems to be both a question and an answer, open-ended and mysterious.
If you were to simultaneously move the exclamation and question marks into the centre (on to the full stop) it becomes an 'Interrobang' - a truly curious thing.