Book Le Grand K commemorates the dematerialisation of several measurement units taking effect on May 20th. Most notably it contemplates the redefinition of the Kilogram from being anchored to a physical prototype to its new form as a set of instructions to do with the Planck constant. It is a chunky 250-page carefully curated and edited a collection of works by 27 Royal College of Art students and alumni, produced specifically for it.
The book will be a beautiful and precious object, too. The book’s designer Farvash developed both the technology and the design of the holograms that will appear on banknotes coming out in 2020. Each cover of the first edition of 150 copies will be partly hand-crafted using that same holographic material.
The launch evening at Gossamer Fog will be accompanied by readings, music, and performances.
The event will be repeated on Wednesday, May 29th at the Science Museum‘s Zaha Hadid Architects-designed Winton Gallery.
Participating artists: Julia Wolf / Alice Bucknell / Arieh Frosh / Marijn Ottenhof / John Henry Newton / The Idle Institute / Johanna Flato / Demelza Toy Toy & Annie Pender / Name Surname / Károly Tendl / Fiona Glen / Flo Ray / Samuel Capps / Dario Srbic / Farvash / Cameron Randall / Luca George & Déas McMorrow / Col Self / Andrea Khôra / Xenia Busalova / Mathilde Heu / Tatjana Vinona Joneska / Allan Gardner / Judith Hagan / Léonie Sinden / Nikolai / Dasha Loyko
Introduction by Jeremy Millar
Edited by: Dasha Loyko / Károly Tendl / Andrea Khôra
Identity design by Farvash
Book Launch: 20th of May 6-9 PM
Performances and readings start at 7 PM
BST, 186a Deptford High St
Deptford, London SE8 3PR
South Kensington, London SW7 2DD