Reading the Future

In this time of rapid (digital) information and e-readers, you may wonder what value the book represents.What we remember is increasingly determined by the (flat) screen. The raging digitalization leads to greater ‘dematerialization’.

The future of the book
The post-apocalyptic world, that Hari Kunzru describes in his novel Memory Place, where the script and, with it, the memory disappears, brings us to the question “what is the meaning of the material heritage but also of the intangible heritage (craft techniques) of the book?” How valuable is having an own unique handwriting? What value does the tangible book and paper as carrier of information represent now and in the future? What meaning will it get and how will it look?

New shapes

In the context of “Best Buren” Crafts Council Netherlands is conducting an artistic study of techniques, materials and new visual and substantive structures together with Tapis Plein and various academies in the Netherlands and Belgium. This research will lead to new forms of the physical book. Students start at the source from manual techniques: book printing, bookbinding and paper making and calligraphy and combine these with new techniques. The starting point are the books of the 60 selected participating Dutch and Flemish authors that are presented at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016. It is intended that a selection of the work made by the students will be shown at the Buchmesse. During this edition of the Book Fair, the Netherlands and Flanders are host.

Reading the Future is supported by the Fund for Cultural Participation.



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