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Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani - Spelling Dystopia
Artist's book.
The publication shows the process of developing and realizing the film installation "Spelling Dystopia," about the Japanese island Hashima, once the most densely populated place on earth, a coal mine until 1974, and a symbol today of a ruthless exploitation of resources. Nowadays the abandoned island is better known as a ghost island through mangas, video games, and movies. "Spelling Dystopia" asks how memory operates, how a site wears its history, both physically and metaphorically, and visualizes the shift in collective memory.
The book contains sketches, research material, production stills, series of photographic images, and a manga realized in collaboration with Kasuga Tsubaki, a Japanese manga artist.
The publication is part of the series of artist's projects edited by Christoph Keller.

See also Hashima, Japan 2002 in CM von Hausswolff & Thomas Nordanstad's Two Films.
Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani are Berlin-based artists and film-makers. They collaborate since 1993, and have regularly exhibited in biennials, museums, and art venues all over the world.
Edited by Christoph Keller, Maroan el Sani, Nina Fischer.
Text by Mami Kataoka.
published in July 2012
bilingual edition (English / Japanese)
21 x 28,5 cm (softcover)
136 pages (50 color & 50 b/w ill.)
ISBN : 978-3-03764-275-7
EAN : 9783037642757
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