Artist book (riso-print on Munken lynx paper, 40 pages, thread binding, edition of 17)
How to Hide in an Empty Room is a reflection on the printed space of the book and its biasing center: the fold. The fold of the book is essential for its construction, but its existence can sabotage the content by denting images or hiding information. When opening How to Hide in an Empty Room an indented thread binding prevents the opening of the pages to the full extent.
As a result the photographs of stronghold architecture, that are arranged across double pages, appear bent and partly hidden, so do the large font size iconic quotations from Gilles Deleuze’s renowned text “The Fold: Leibnitz and the Baroque” (Deleuze,1988)
Following Deleuze’s reflections, the fold has been held a valuable strategy for architecture and design to be “compliant to, complicated by, and complicit with external forces which are: submissive, suppliant, adaptable, contingent, responsive, fluent, and yielding through involvement and incorporation.“ (Lynn 1993: 28)
With reference to wily how-to-manuals How to Hide in an Empty Room applies this idea to the book and the space created, deformed, and manipulated by external forces, essentially those of material and viewer.
Deleuze, Gilles. The Fold : Leibnitz and the Baroque. Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit, 1988 Lynn, Greg. Folding in Architecture. Architectural Design, vol 63, no. 3-4, 1993