Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A - Z : a system

An accordion exploration of the English alphabet.

I wanted to treat the alphabet as a powerful means of labeling and not as a mere notation device. I researched what the alphabet letters were used to label (social groups and outcasts) starting from the Roman times up to the present 21st century. I tried using accordion book format to reveal the "dark" side of the alphabet and allowing the reader to connect with the text by physically engaging with it. On the front of the book I embossed each letter while on the back, the text and the explanations were only readable if the reader personally touches the page.

Materials: museum board, stretched vinyl, xerox transfer, vellum

Dimension: (closed) 6in x 6in x 5in, (opened) 11 ft

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