Booksfromthefuture Summer School 2014

7–18 July, London Centre for Book Arts

A ten-day workshop in London on collaborative book design and practice-based inquiry

In celebration of the 130th anniversary of the 1884 science fiction novella Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edward Abbott Abbott, a group of international participants gathered to collaboratively design a system for reimagining the story and its format for contemporary readers. The system had to be flexible enough to accommodate an eclectic mix of content, yet strict enough to achieve narrative coherence overall. Borrowing methods from art, science and science fiction, participants generated associative content to be juxtaposed with Abbott’s original text, encompassing language, typography, photography and image-making.

The resulting book, Flatland, see Flatland, is a thoughtfully layered and sequenced reading experience that maps creative connections amongst the XIX, XX and XXI centuries.

Taught by Yvan Martinez, Joshua Trees and Dante Carlos with guest talks and seminars from Sheena Calvert, Ken Hollings and Ayse Koklu.

Dante Carlos is a graphic designer currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to being a Senior Designer at the Walker Art Center, Dante maintains his own practice—designing books and printed matter for artists and cultural institutions. Enthusiastic about knowledge, his self-initiated projects serve as an excuse to research seemingly random subjects, many of which inform his process.