Keep it Flat
On the back of a turtle, domed or undomed: the many shapes of the flat Earth act as a cartographic representation of dissent, a final bulwark against modernity. What is the flat earth theory? How has it hijacked political and scientific events to offer an alternative narrative?
A Short History of the Flat Earth
The theory was born in the 19th century and runs counter to the very idea of modernity. And yet, from trains to YouTube videos, radio and photography, flat-Earthers have skilfully capitalised – and continue to do so – on the means of disseminating information at their disposal to cast doubt on the Earth’s sphericity and try to win followers by opposing scientific and political institutions. Keep it Flat. A Short History of the Flat Earth brings together the views of a design theorist (Alexandra Midal), a neuroscientist (Albert Moukheiber), two designers (Antoine Foeglé and Emma Pflieger) and the curators of the Terra exhibition (Jolanthe Kugler and Scott Longfellow) in an attempt to escape from the Manichean vision that is generally at work in the collective unconscious, and to understand the underlying mechanisms that underpin the theory of the flat earth.
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Alexandra Midal Antoine
Fœglé Emma Pflieger
Pascale Vacher (Atidma)
Les presses du réel
Graphic design and layout