The Maison d'Ailleurs, the Museum of science fiction, utopia and extraordinary voyages in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland is based on the collection of Pierre Versins, who donated his tens of thousands of science fiction books, comic books and many other sci-fi related documents to the city in the 1970s. Central parts of the collection are the work of Jules Verne, French series of Sci-Fi books, but also American pulp novels.
I had the pleasure to accompany my friend Dave Tompkins on a research mission to their book collection. We had very little time, but I'm glad I sneaked away from the study desk to take some pics of amazing covers.
Related post: the library of Andreas Züst
Montag, 21. April 2014
Dienstag, 8. April 2014
"Rote Reihe" was a series of music education books published by Universal Edition from Vienna. Approx. 80 books were published in this series in the 70s and 80s, many with scores and exercices on experimental music for children. Some of the books came with 7" records. Here's side B from Nils Hansen's "Kreativität im Musikunterricht" (creativity in the music class), played by 5th graders (track 1) and 12th graders (tracks 2 and 3).
Montag, 24. März 2014
Two tracks from 1988 by Sali Sidibé from the Wassoulou region of southern Mali. I heard "Djen Magni" on the excellent Internet radio station Radio Wassoulou Internationale (which quickly became a hypnotic favorite on our kitchen radio). I love how they use that Casio's autorhythm. I think the keyboard is the one that can be seen in the next video.
Mittwoch, 19. März 2014
Architectural models of protestant churches about to be built in Switzerland (in 1959). From an issue on modernist protestant churches of the seminal swiss architecture journal Werk, 8/1959.
Top to bottom:
Project for a church in Zürich-Schwamendingen by Cramer+Jaray+Paillard (an even better version was realised)
Project for a church in Reinach by Ernst Gisel (2 images), also realised quite differently.
Project for a church in Effretikon by Ernst Gisel (also got a more radical in reality)
Project for a church in in Zürich by Eduard Neuenschwander (2 images)
Project for a church in Bern Bümpliz-Bethlehem by Werner Küenzi (2 images), was built as well.
Montag, 17. März 2014
Book covers for book lovers is a (cheesily named) new series of posts of, well, book covers, with little additional information. Sometimes scans from my own collection (like in this case), sometimes some of the snapshots I tend to take in other people's libraries in thrift stores.
Montag, 3. März 2014
A publication by Swiss artists who had a residency at the Istituto Svizzero, the Swiss Institute in Rome, Italy in 1970/72. A black and white typewriter-set book with added stamps in color.
From top to bottom: Front cover, imprint, two pages by Hans Rudolf Ambauen, excerpt from text and page by René (and Renate?) Eisenegger.