Royal Col­lege of Art book futures

Royal College of Art book futures

The Royal Col­lege of Art’s Book Test Unit (BTU) is look­ing at the debate around how the book as an arte­fact for knowl­edge will func­tion in an increas­ingly tech depen­dent world. How and where is knowl­edge cre­ated and what pur­pose do phys­i­cal books and libraries as spaces to dis­sem­i­nate this knowl­edge serve.

BTU is a col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­gram bring­ing MRes, MA and Crit­i­cal Writ­ing stu­dents together super­vised by Prof Teal Triggs and Robert Hetherington.

Fol­low­ing on from the Ecolo­gies of Pub­lish­ing Futures sym­po­sium that took place at the RCA in Novem­ber 2015, stu­dents will use their research skills, crit­i­cal reflec­tion and design think­ing to unpack the future of the book and develop ideas around look­ing, see­ing and reading.

The group will also be look­ing at the cred­i­bil­ity of the library as a com­mu­nity envi­ron­ment for learn­ing and shar­ing. Where is knowl­edge pro­duc­tion resid­ing and how might we use the library of the future to dis­trib­ute information.

BTU will be pub­lish­ing their research in a printed book and dig­i­tal plat­form sched­uled for late April. Fur­ther read­ing: RCA Book Test Unit