Bureau Borsche were asked to design a publication for Novembre Entertainment dedicated to Italian artist Quayola, in the context of a collaboration with Audemars Piguet during the 2018 Art Basel Miami Beach week. ‘Remains’ focused on the nature and the tradition of landscape paintings. Quayola used high-precision laser scanners to capture the forests of the Vallée de Joux region in Switzerland, resulting in intricate digital depictions. The inherent imperfections of the renders combined with the strong connection to 19th century ‘en plain air’ landscape paintings created a esoteric balance between the real and artificial — past and future. This atmosphere was elevated to the design of the publication which aimed to create a sense of archaic futurism and play into the narrative of Quayola’s project. The publication consisted of three three separate objects — a fold out map of the Vallée de Joux region, a photo-book with Quayola’s artworks and a fictional written journal. These were contained in a box which were then enclosed by a sleeve which sealed the publication closed. Magenta data dots were used as a code system throughout the three objects. These were a reference to the scanning process and could be used to cross-reference the artworks to their location and point in the narrative. This played into the concept of the publication as more of a mystical object, putting you into an active role within the narrative.
The map, photo book and journal are collated within a box set. This is then enclosed by an additional outer slip with Quayola's artwork.
The fictional journal supplemented the narrative of the project. The typographic choice referenced both the old and the new by using a crude digital rasterisations of old typefaces. These imperfections are more noticeable at large sizes which complement the digital imperfections of Quayola's artworks. The combination of an elegant script with the awkward spacing of the rasterised small caps helped create an esoteric atmosphere within the design. Throughout the journal, magenta data dots appeared as well as representations of the walking routes that Quayola took when collecting the scans.
The photo book collates Quayola's digital scans. These are printed on a high-gloss paper stock to counterbalance the rough archaic feel of the journal. A magenta data dot appears on each artwork which can be cross-referenced to its location on the map and point within the journal. Towards the centre of the book the viewpoint incrementally zooms to a 1/1 scale representation of the forrest, revealing the sheer magnitude of the scan.
An 1866 map of the Vallée de Joux region in Switzerland features on a fold out A3 map with an artwork on the reverse. Locations of the artworks are represented by the magenta data dots which can be cross-referenced to both the photo-book and the journal.