Exemplar: Codex Seraphinianus

http://www.cetteadressecomportecinquantesignes.com/Luigi.Serafini.-.Codex.Seraphinianus.pdf

http://xiangchen.me/codex-seraphinianus.pptx

Codex Seraphinianus is a book using drawings to depict an imaginary world,
written by an Italian artist, architect, and industrial designer Luigi Serafini
in 30 months between 1976 and 1978.

The books describe the imaginary world’s flora and fauna,
physics and chemistry,
machines and vehicles,
biology and human body,
historical scenes, food and clothing,
and architecture.

This piece of work really blurs the line between critical design and fantasy. Foremost there is no (easy) way to ‘read’ its content (the invented writing system). And the drawings of the things are so radical (and weird) that even a slight imagination of their existence will cause a huge disturbance to our sense of the real world.  It looks like a very well-done, exaggerated piece of critical (or fantastical) design that challenges our ability of interpretation and acceptance, and afterwards, leaving us with a hard time to wonder what all this really means.

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