Artist: Jan von Holleben
Design: Nina Holland and Jan von Holleben
Publisher: Little Steidl, Göttingen
Object: Six variably sized, hand-stitched books in a portfolio box
Planeta Symmatrius: 48 pages / 30 color images / 15 × 21 cm (6 × 8 in.)
Planeta Visumbra: 16 pages / 7 double-page quadratone images / 27.5 × 18 cm (10 × 7 in.)
Planeta Microidi: 28 pages / 13 double-page color images / 27.5 × 36 cm (10 × 14 in.)
Planeta Florala: 24 pages / 11 double-page color images / 21 × 28 cm (8 × 11 in.)
Planeta Phantafulgeo: 16 pages / 7 double-page color images / 23.5 × 31 cm (9 × 12 in.)
Planeta Isolametro: 12 pages / 5 double-page color images / 27.5 × 18 cm (10 × 7 in.)
Printing: Books and covers were printed by Nina Holland on Little Steidl’s Roland 200 offset-lithographic press using four-color and quadratone processes for the books and a graphite grey ink for the book covers.
Construction: Books are hand-folded and hand-stitched by Nina Holland in Little Steidl’s book workshop in Göttingen.
Availability: International distribution is through Idea Books, Amsterdam and sales in Germany are direct through the publishing house. The hand-stitching will continue over several months until the edition is complete.
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Jan von Holleben has constructed a kosmos of six planets with little more than a box of props, a team of willing humans, some clippings from the garden, and his camera. Click, click, click and strange things happen, right beforethe camera, with no digital manipulation: Ghosts flash through the Berlin cityscape. Plants cast shadows onthe sky. Many places gather in the same place at once. Monsters imitate flowers (or is it the other way around? ) .
Each planet presents an optical riddle. The only clues are visual. No answers are provided. This is a kosmos for intrepid discoverers.
I once ruled the worlds. Not just one, but many. I ruled them with mirrors and lenses. I ruled them with light and shadow and time. Sometimes I ruled with a trick of the eye. Through my camera, an entire kosmos took shape, and each world within it seemed to operate by a certain unfamiliar logic.
— Jan von Holleben
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