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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Project management
Jolanthe Kugler
Scott Longfellow

Alexandra Midal Antoine
Fœglé Emma Pflieger
Albert Moukheiber
Jolanthe Kugler
Scott Longfellow

Peter Horsey
Pascale Vacher (Atidma)

Les presses du réel

Editorial secretariat
Mary Tissot
Virginie Vernevaut

Timon Ganguillet

Editorial coordination
Marie Taillan

Graphic design and layout
Notter +Vigne