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The project

Prompted by personal experience, last year I took to travel to the best place in the world to look into the concept of disappointment: Cape Disappointment (USA).

There I got acquainted with two travel companions from the 19th century, to whom the Cape was the endpoint of a yearlong exploratory expedition by request of the president at the time. The similarities and differences between our travels gave rise to thought about measures of success, and how expectations, success and disappointment are related. All this in an environment with breathtaking nature, and towns that were obviously hit by the economic downturn.​

The book

The book design subtly references travel journals from the 19th century, using mostly images rather than text. Contributors are Welmer Keesmaat (graphic design), Marc Gijzen (lithography) and Raymond Frenken (text consulting). 

The book was presented on September 22nd, 2017 at UNSEEN Amsterdam.

Vincent

 

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