Book Lab Switzerland

The Book Lab Heads to Switzerland

What is the future for books in the digital age?

For anyone near Lausanne, Switzerland, from July 5-11, 2014, go and find out in The Book Lab, an exhibition on view at the Rolex Learning Center, on the campus of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

From digitalization to how fonts are used, the swissnex San Francisco-curated exhibition showcases projects from a promising next generation of artists that all probe the next chapter for the book.


Previously shown in San Francisco in 2013 as part of Futures of the Book, the Swiss incarnation of The Book Lab is a key component of the Digital Humanities 2014 conference hosted jointly by University of Lausanne (UNIL) and EPFL.

The dozen or so projects in the exhibit let guests take an experimental journey from paper to code with Back in Black, which translates a magazine article for the digital medium. Visitors can also listen to a bedtime story told by a pillow, or imagine books that create complex visualizations and generative designs in Basil.js. And wouldn’t you want to dive into a spatial story where you decide how it unfolds?

“I am excited about presenting the book lab at EPFL because it is a place for technological experimentation. The future of the book lies somewhere between design and technology– presenting art projects in this hub for technology is very interesting,” says Melanie Picard, Project Manager at swissnex San Francisco. Read Melanie’s interview with Tagesanzeiger here (in German).