Often on a bus or train you’ll see someone scribbling away in a notebook and if you’re lucky/brazen enough you might be in a position to see what they’re putting down on paper, potentially for posterity. Of course, often it’s something fairly mundane/disturbing (a shopping list or a hateful monograph about someone called Martin) but the possibility always exists that it’s the mental meanderings of a bona fide genius.
The good folk who run dOCUMENTA (13), a 100-day arts festival that takes place in Germany once very five years, are similarly obsessed, and are publishing 100 facsimilied notebooks with Hatje Cantz to mark this year’s event.
Encompassing artists, scientists, philosophers, linguists, psychologists economists and political theorists, 100 Notes–100 Thoughts is a diverse bunch of some of significant figures’ intimate musings
As the organisers put it: “A note is a trace, a word, a drawing that all of a sudden becomes part of thinking, and is transformed into an idea. This publication project follows that path, presenting the mind in a prologue state, in a pre-public arena. A space for intimacy and not yet of criticism, dOCUMENTA is publishing the unpublishable, the voice—and the reader is our alibi and ally. Note taking encompasses witnessing, drawing, writing, and diagrammatic thinking; it is speculative, manifests a preliminary moment, a passage, and acts as a memory aid.”
The aim is to “explore how thinking emerges and lies at the heart of re-imagining the world. Thoughts, unlike statements, are always variations: this is the spirit in which these notebooks are proposed.”
Designed by Leftloft they are simple, striking objects available in varying formats and either English or German. We basically want them all.
dOCUMENTA (13) runs from June 9 until 16 September.
- Territory Studio on making organic, lo-fi graphics for Blade Runner 2049
- Evan Cohen’s illustrated characters work together to travel through the panels of his comic
- Tadas Karpavicius's risky opera catalogue creates "fluidity and an organic feeling"
- Wang & Söderström create digital art you want to reach out and touch in new exhibition
- Joe Mrava and Austin Ledzian tell the story of the modern-day female farmer
- Photographer Lukas Korschan got on the wrong boat, but made a great series out of it
- Pee on this Ikea print ad, and if you’re pregnant, you get a crib half price
- The rebrand for Russia’s tourist board uses Suprematist geometry laid out as a map
- The Guardian unveils redesign across print and online
- Coca-Cola reveals custom typeface, TCCC Unity, inspired by its modernist heritage
- A first look at Uber and NASA's new flying vehicle
- Uniqlo and Marimekko collaborate on bold and expressive new collection