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