24 Swiss Books
interpreted by
17 RISD Students

November 2–12 2017
Mon–Fri, 9am–4pm
Sat–Sun, by appointment


6:30pm Thursday November 2

Lecture and Panel Discussion

6:30pm Thursday November 9

The Swiss Federal Office of Culture holds an annual competition that recognizes excellence in book design and production. An international five-member jury selects a set of publications, the so-called Most Beautiful Swiss Books, from a broad range of submissions.

For 2016, twenty-four books were chosen and in 2017, seventeen students at the Rhode Island School of Design have analyzed these award-winning publications. Rather than assigning superlatives, they have emphasized the experience of reading itself: of what it means to read and to be read.

In a conventional exhibition space, visitors simply observe objects. We are asked to look, but not touch. However, this exhibition invites you to sit, touch, and read through the books. The space and everything within it is activated through collective acts of reading.

Reading Reading prompts multiple interpretations of reading as both verb and noun: reading as an active process, as a public occasion, as a both tangible and abstract concept to be examined. A reader reads not only text and image, but also the context and physical materials of a publication. It is through this intentional experience that one can appreciate the value of a book. What are you reading, and how are you reading it?

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Curated, interpreted, and designed by students in James Goggin’s elective class “X, Y, and Z: Graphic Design in Space.” | Jessica Kandar | Jieun Kim | Jing Jing | Jinhwa Oh | Jinny Rim | June Yoon | Kendra Xu | Lila Pickus | Marie Otsuka | Ravista Mehra | Tasnima Tanzim | Tatiana Gomez | Yeo Jin Kwon | Yunhong Hu | Yun-Ting Fang