Research is synonymous with experiment. At least at the Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, where the essence of research is artistic. Usually it’s our artist-researchers who start a project, but this time we took the initiative ourselves.
From our surplus of old books and paper with previous corporate identity we selected the most beautiful and useful copies. We had them cut to pieces, disassembled and mixed in completely new compositions. The surplus was transformed into notebooks. Each booklet was hand tied in a social workshop. Each notebook looks different, is unique and made in Antwerp. To make this happen we collaborated with Redopapers, a local start-up whose mission it is to give a new life to misprints and surplus paper.
Altogether, we recycled thirty-eight and a half meters of paper. We now have 1000 notebooks, which will be distributed to the researchers in the first place. A sustainable gift with a message that inspires. Or as Franz Kafka said: “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessy.”