Tell us about your Flatland project.
Flatland is an novel that has amazed me since the first time I read it. Behind its simple story hides millions of ideas. For me it is an invitation to look beyond your own horizon. For my major project during my MA, I decided to reinterpret this novel because I think the concepts expressed in Flatland have a strong connection to the design field.
This project functions as both a means of telling a story through written language and as a visual narrator. It goes beyond the borders of what we call storytelling because it challenges the reader to interact between two books that work hand-in-hand in order to provide a deeper understanding of the abstract, two-dimensional world of Flatland.
The first book I produced contains the original text, written by Edwin A. Abbott in 1884. Moreover this book provides references that enable the reader to find additional information about the book in the appendix and through links to the other book. This second book takes the reader on a fictional journey through the world of Flatland. The narrator collects impressions and imaginary pictures while reading Abbott’s novel and translates them into a visual language. The book is like a physical poem that intends, on the one hand, to help the reader to get an impression of a multidimensional world, and on the other hand, to leave room for interpretation.