THE AALTO NATIVES – A TRANSCENDENTAL MANUAL

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Birgit: The Aalto Natives is a manual that accompanies the installation with the same name realized for the biennale in Venice by Nathaniel Mellors and Erkka Nissinen. It’s kind of hard for me to grasp what the book (and the installation, for that matter) is about, without really seeing the whole thing together. But Google kindly lets me know it’s about two terraforming mythical creatures that reside in the Aalto pavilion. A lot of different imagery is used to convey the story and it has a quirky vibe to it. Interesting, but I’m not sure how well it works on its own.

 

Ruby: Indeed, this book is a bit hard to understand, mainly because there is so much going on. I find it quite experimental, bold and mostly very fun. It’s something completely different from all the other books we’ve seen. It is a movie script that gives you lots of information, much like making a printed version of a play.

Auke: So this book represents the figurative and imaginative works from the artists Nathaniel Mellors and Erkka Nissinen. For some reason, it visually reminds me of my childhood. More Villa Achterwerk-ish style, but a bit more sexual and dark. I think it looks really entertaining. The book contains cartoon-ish illustrations combined with stills from weird scenery. The images come out really nicely, both on the brown matt Muskat and glossy Chromolux paper. The blue Pantone color is a nice contrast with the brown Muskat paper and make it overall fresher. The tabs and margins on the pages with type create a lot of whitespace. All of this together makes the book very clear and approachable.

Patrick: The book feels playful and funny. A lot happens. The reference to the film script is clearly present and the combination of the large condensed film-poster letter and the small film-script letter provide a fine contrast. There was no other book among the more than 400 entries a bit like this.



  • Auteur
    Nathaniel Mellors, Erkka Nissinen, Xander Karskens
  • Oplage
    2000
  • Omvang
    112
  • Prijs
    29
  • ISBN
    978 88 6749 216 9
  • Uitgever / Opdrachtgever
    Milan / Frame Contemporary Art Finland
  • Ontwerper(s)
    Studio Remco van Bladel (Remco van Bladel & Beau Bertens), Amsterdam.
  • Drukkerij
    UNICUM | Gianotten Printed Media, Tilburg
  • Lithograaf
    UNICUM | Gianotten Printed Media, Tilburg
  • Boekbinderij
    Boekbinderij Van Mierlo, Nijmegen
  • Materiaal
    Paper for interior: 140gsm Muskat Brown, 180gsm Chromolux 700 White (Igepa & Chromolux). Cover: 300gsm Kraftpack
  • Lettertype
    Girott, Larish Alte, Radim Peško
  • Technische Bijzonderheden
    Special features: front and back board with a die-cut and perforation and a die-cut bookmark. Screenprinted cover, Chromelux wrappers printed in Pantone colours. Interior paper is alternately printed in opaque white. Swiss-style cut-flush binding, linen over spine.
  • THE AALTO NATIVES – A TRANSCENDENTAL MANUAL
    220 X 300

    Birgit: The Aalto Natives is a manual that accompanies the installation with the same name realized for the biennale in Venice by Nathaniel Mellors and Erkka Nissinen. It’s kind of hard for me to grasp what the book (and the installation, for that matter) is about, without really seeing the whole thing together. But Google kindly lets me know it’s about two terraforming mythical creatures that reside in the Aalto pavilion. A lot of different imagery is used to convey the story and it has a quirky vibe to it. Interesting, but I’m not sure how well it works on its own.

     

    Ruby: Indeed, this book is a bit hard to understand, mainly because there is so much going on. I find it quite experimental, bold and mostly very fun. It’s something completely different from all the other books we’ve seen. It is a movie script that gives you lots of information, much like making a printed version of a play.

    Auke: So this book represents the figurative and imaginative works from the artists Nathaniel Mellors and Erkka Nissinen. For some reason, it visually reminds me of my childhood. More Villa Achterwerk-ish style, but a bit more sexual and dark. I think it looks really entertaining. The book contains cartoon-ish illustrations combined with stills from weird scenery. The images come out really nicely, both on the brown matt Muskat and glossy Chromolux paper. The blue Pantone color is a nice contrast with the brown Muskat paper and make it overall fresher. The tabs and margins on the pages with type create a lot of whitespace. All of this together makes the book very clear and approachable.

    Patrick: The book feels playful and funny. A lot happens. The reference to the film script is clearly present and the combination of the large condensed film-poster letter and the small film-script letter provide a fine contrast. There was no other book among the more than 400 entries a bit like this.

  • Auteur
    Nathaniel Mellors, Erkka Nissinen, Xander Karskens
  • Oplage
    2000
  • Omvang
    112
  • Prijs
    29
  • ISBN
    978 88 6749 216 9
  • Uitgever / Opdrachtgever
    Milan / Frame Contemporary Art Finland
  • Ontwerper(s)
    Studio Remco van Bladel (Remco van Bladel & Beau Bertens), Amsterdam.
  • Drukkerij
    UNICUM | Gianotten Printed Media, Tilburg
  • Lithograaf
    UNICUM | Gianotten Printed Media, Tilburg
  • Boekbinderij
    Boekbinderij Van Mierlo, Nijmegen
  • Materiaal
    Paper for interior: 140gsm Muskat Brown, 180gsm Chromolux 700 White (Igepa & Chromolux). Cover: 300gsm Kraftpack
  • Lettertype
    Girott, Larish Alte, Radim Peško
  • Technische Bijzonderheden
    Special features: front and back board with a die-cut and perforation and a die-cut bookmark. Screenprinted cover, Chromelux wrappers printed in Pantone colours. Interior paper is alternately printed in opaque white. Swiss-style cut-flush binding, linen over spine.