Liam Gillick Underground (Fragments of Future Histories), 2004
Book, 20 x 14 x 1 cm, 104 pages
Covered with a unique dust jacket made by Liam Gillick
Signatures are double-stitched with linen thread
Printed on Munken Print Extra 115g
Cover in Carta Integra 230g
Printed and bound by Arte-Print
Limited edition of 50 numbered and signed copies, each with a unique dust jacket
Produced and published by Editions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier in 2004
©2004 Liam Gillick and Editions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier
NB: All rights reserved. No part of this edition may be reproduced in any form or by any means without written permission of the artist and the publisher.
The starting point of Underground (Fragments of Future Histories) by Liam Gillick is the first science fiction novel ever written, entitled Fragments d'Histoire future and written in 1884 by Gabriel Tarde. The French philosopher, sociologist and criminologist depicts in his novel the collective functioning of a society that has taken refuge in the heart of the Earth, following a climatic disaster. Liam Gillick has made a contemporary adaptation of Tarde's text, by rewriting the English translation from 1904 that had a preface by H.G. Wells. Gillick included a preface on his own by the Italian sociologist Maurizio Lazzarato.