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Author: Alex Coles
Publisher: Berlin : Sternberg Press, [2016] ©2016
Series: EP (Sternberg Press), v. 2.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After the first EP volume on the activities of the early Italian avant-garde, the second volume in the series identifies the current fascination with fiction across art, design, and architecture. Practitioners and theorists explore this strategy by pushing the debate into both speculative and real-fictitious terrains. Newly commissioned interviews, artist projects, and essays shed light on topics such as parafiction  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Coles
ISBN: 9783956790485 3956790480
OCLC Number: 966592291
Description: 169 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm.
Contents: Here I Am - Not a Fiction: Umberto Eco and Alex Coles discuss the multiple points of contact between fiction and theory in Eco’s writings --
Carl the Chair: Huib Haye van der Werf introduces Lucas Maassen's project about Carl, a chair with its own sitcom. Paola Antonelli interviews Carl about the role of the chair --
The Middle of Nowhere: Will Holder presents the latest installment of his ongoing, contemporary rewriting of William Morris's News from Nowhere (1890) --
Critical World Building: Rick Poynor draws Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby out on their development of the role fiction plays in their designs --
Believing in Parafiction: Carrie Lambert-Beatty examines the political potential of fiction in recent interventionist art practice --
Most Design Fiction Will Of Course Be Pretty Bad: Bruce Sterling is interviewed by Verina Gfader on his coining of the term "design fiction" --
The Loudest Muttering Is Over: Images and citations from the archive of The Atlas Group (1989-2004) are juxtaposed to underline the multiple roles that fiction plays within the project --
Fiction as Function: Unusual Objects from Japan The narrative-based designs of Hiroko Shiratori's ongoing project "Unusual Objects from Japan, 1868-1945" provide a point of departure for an exchange between the designer and Sophie Krier --
On Fiction: A previously overlooked 1966 article by Vilem Flusser views design problems through the lens of fiction. James Dyer introduces the new translation --
On Computationalism Philippe Morel is interviewed by Benjamin Reynolds and Valle Medina on the recent computational turn in architecture --
Forthcoming: Experimental Jetset sketches a series of possible EP covers based on avant-garde movements from fictional countries.
Series Title: EP (Sternberg Press), v. 2.
Responsibility: volume editor, Alex Coles, with EP In-Lab.

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After the first EP volume on the activities of the early Italian avant-garde, the second volume in the series identifies the current fascination with fiction across art, design, and architecture. Practitioners and theorists explore this strategy by pushing the debate into both speculative and real-fictitious terrains. Newly commissioned interviews, artist projects, and essays shed light on topics such as parafiction and algorithmic ambiguity. Included in the volume is one of the final interviews to be published with novelist and semiotician Umberto Eco; a conversation with Bruce Sterling, in which the science-fiction author responds to designers who reference his writings; and design theorist Vilém Flusser's 1966 essay "On Fiction," in its first English translation.

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