Take the Book

Literatur, Wissenschaft, Geschichte, Roma/Milano

Series of encounters on the book, between history, art and science

Literatur, Wissenschaft, Geschichte

Series of encounters on the book, between history, art and science

Getting work published is one of the main activities that artists and researchers have in common. The expectations, however, toward what a book could potentially be and the objectives associated with the act of publishing vary considerably. Researchers from all disciplines usually work under high pressure to advance their academic careers by way of publishing new insightful research in journals, anthologies, and in the form of monographic contributions. Artists, on the other hand, are less constrained by the limitations of what constitutes highly standardized publication formats. They challenge accustomed conceptions of the book, experimenting with materials, designs and different ways of presenting.

The book constitutes a sort of common space in which interaction is possible: surely, interaction with the book, its shape, and the modes of expression it permits, but it also figures as a point of reference, a common playground that connects different actors involved in the business of making books. In its many manifestations, the book can be construed as an intellectual challenge to be mastered, a cultural artefact to be cherished, a toolbox to be played around with, a carrier of ideas, imaginaries and information to be consumed, or as an opportunity to exhibit and showcase collaborative endeavors. There are indeed many ways of thinking of the book in view of both its tactile-experienceable qualities and the more notional-abstracting dimensions that describe its conception and contents.


In accordance with current regulations, the public is required to present a Covid Green Certificate at the entrance in order to access the event. This includes one of the following:

  • • You have received the anti-COVID-19 vaccination, with proof that you have received the first dose of vaccine at least 15 days previously or that you have completed the vaccination cycle;
  • • Recovery from COVID-19 within 6 months prior to the date of the event;
  • • Present a rapid antigenic or molecular test with a negative result within 48 hours prior to admission.

Take the Book – Spaces for Art and Science is a series in collaboration with Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK Zurich), including three encounters that will take place during November and December:

Conceptual Refractions – The Aesthetics of the Book
30.11.2021 H18:00
In English
Panel discussion on the social and cultural dimensions of the book from a philosophical, historical and artistic point of view.

Empire of Letters – The Construction of Memory and the Self
02.12.2021 H18:00
In English
Panel discussion focusing on the ways in which the memory of historical figures has been shaped through personal correspondences.

Unlocking Potentials – The Art of Publishing Books
10.12.2021 H18:00
In Italian
Talk on innovative art publishing through the presentation of two book projects, one from Italy and one from Switzerland.