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As part of our work for Discipline the City, Practice Theory was commissioned by The Substation to design a series of 6 publications, distributed monthly over the course of the exhibition from May – September 2017.
Edited by Adeline Chia, associate editor of ArtReview Asia, each book provided a deep reading of issues tied to a particular theme. Collectively, the topics ranged from the role of art in the production of public spaces and the policing of fat bodies in capitalistic societies to Singapore’s political relationship with the LGBT community and the city-state’s anxious preoccupation with sand.
The publications’ intimate view on issues prompted a format that referenced chapbooks of early Modern Europe. A visual language was developed along with a typographic system to accommodate permutations of long- and short-form writing, images, sketches and citations. As a response to the theme of ‘discipline’, the deliberately restrained cover design employed colour and material as the only variables to differentiate the books and convey their respective themes. The result was a set of publications that looked equally complete as a collection or packaged individually.