click the orange folder to download pdf with all 'Unopened Book Stories'
In a library books are grouped together, kept on a shelf in a line with their peers. Their spines are the initial, first contact to a reader, crying for attention from the shelf, asking you to pluck them instead of their neighbors. The spine acts similar to a business-card, it communicates the essential information on a very limited space.
In being a repository of books, libraries motivate the multiplying of reading. They change the perception of each individual book in perspective of their placement in a subdivided and ordered collection. How do the neighbors define or shed a light on a book’s content?
Content is immaterial information, both images and words need a materialization either on a screen or through print. How do you represent immaterial, fictitious content (a blurb) in a material space (the vitrine)? How does one awaken a desire in the audience to get to know more about the represented content? How to present a book, an object that needs browsing through the material pages to be perceived, in a vitrine, a space behind glass where the object remains out of grasp?
You were asked to select a book from the collection based solely on its spine. Having been given only a short amount of time to make a choice, you probably made a very spontaneous and subconscious decision. We took your book away to make sure that it remains unopened. It will be kept together with the other unopened books in a vitrine in the Old Building for the time of the assignment. Now rationalize your decision: Why did you choose for this spine and not for another? What do you think this book is about?
Write a Blurb on this Unopened Book and visualize that imagined content in a vitrine!
An assignment initiated by Corinne Gisel and Nina Paim [graphic design] together with Henk Groenendijk and Matthias Kreutzer [supervision]
this post is part of he subjective library project "Unopened Book"
read all "Blurbs" and see all "Showcases" made for these selected library books