The Book Lab

An experimental journey probing the role of books in the digital era.

Location: Rolex Learning Center, EPFL Campus, Ecublens
Date: July 4, 18:00 – July 11, 16:00
Open to the public everyday from 7:00 to midnight.


©Myleen Hollero // Navigator, Michael Flückiger


Take note: books are not dead. The digital revolution essentially extended the dimensions of traditional books and calls for our expansive creativity.
                                           Prof. Dr. Frédéric Kaplan | Digital Humanities Laboratory | EPFL

From digitalization to how fonts are used, swissnex San Francisco’s exhibition The Book Lab showcases projects that probe the next chapter for the book.

Take an experimental journey from paper to code with Back in Black, a project that translates a magazine article for the digital medium. Imagine tools that empower familiar books to provide visualizations and generative designs in Basil.js, dive into a spatial story where you decide how it unfolds, and much much more.

Where do you think books will go in the future as objects, as art, and as vehicles for knowledge sharing?

Projects are brought to you by a promising next generation of artists from:
Geneva University of Art and Design
Bern University of the Arts
The Basel School of Design
Zurich University of the Arts
SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland

This exhibition is curated by swissnex San Francisco.

Swiss Nex           EPFL Culture

Pro Helvetia           HEAD


Display design: Arno Mathies, HEAD