Studio LWA has designed WORKING CLASS, the first publication ever of a perforated cardboard book music that can be read from a Smartphone. Designed as a world premiere for the 2015 Paris Book Fair, the art book has been created alongside a matching application that reads a score and reproduces the perforated sheet music of a barrel organ. The members of Studio LWA have always shared a common desire to publish unconventional books. The limited print publications of collections, archives, experimental art projects and curios, oddities is at the forefront of the team's creative impulse. When the digital world questions the mutation of books...
Our latest opus WORKING CLASS examines the impact of new technologies on the creative process, and rather than dismiss the use of paper, the piece questions the way books are changing in the 21st century.
WORKING CLASS is a book-object in which the pages are not turned but rather unfolded, in a movement reminiscent of a workman's skilful gesture when assembling a book. Leporello is the name given by Italian people to the accordeon-shaped volume. It can be regarded as a living object, a composition in progress, a piece shaped everyday by indefatigable workmen. As long as starting all over again is possible, books will live on.
Reading a perforated cardboard sheet music initially designed for a mechanical device, stamped by the hand of man, can be envisaged as a highly modern process ; the ancient crank is replaced by a real-time image-recognition device on your Smartphone, offering a variety of light and view settings to allow the music on the score to materialize. Printed in a limited edition of 100 copies, this craftman's volume will be a feast to the eyes of the curious, collectors, professionals or amateurs of design pieces, who may well see in it an allegory of the chicken or the egg dilemma. After all, calculators, computers and Smartphones have a common ancestor in the perforated card, don't they ?
Further details and purchase available from the website : www.workingclass.fr