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Ken Hollings new book 'The Bright Labyrinth’
December 2014

‘The Bright Labyrinth’ – a new book by Ken Hollings

The Bright Labyrinth, the latest book by Ken Hollings based on a series of lectures he has been giving to postgraduate communication design students at Central St Martins has just been published by Strange Attractor Press. Subtitled ‘Sex, Death and Design in the Digital Regime’, it is a detailed account of how technology and culture have impacted upon each other in the past a century and a half. The eagerly anticipated follow-up to Welcome to Mars – Ken’s history of science and science-fiction myths in 1950s America, also published by Strange Attractor Press – The Bright Labyrinth has been typeset by award-winning book designer Dr Rathna Ramanathan and illustrated by Matthew Frame, whose work is also featured on the cover.

Some advanced presss for The Bright Labyrinth:

In this deftly weaved dreamwork, Ken Hollings shows that the 21st century has yet to really begin. Our contemporary malls and emporia are but pale shadows of the palaces of desire dreamt up in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the best guides to what Hollings calls the ‘digital regime’ turn out to be old prophets and provocateurs. Yet The Bright Labyrinth makes us hear these old voices with new ears… MARK FISHER, author of Capitalist Realism

One of the most thought-provoking, out-there thinkers on technology and the human condition I have ever come across. Ken Hollings makes Clay Shirky look like a broken automaton. BECKY HOGGE, The Barefoot Technologist

To promote the book, the glossy fashion and fine art magazine Noon has run an extract ‘The Bright Labyrinth’ in its ‘AW14’ issue. Only the second edition of this new high profile, high quality publication, it features selected passages from Ken’s new book alongside work by William Gibson and Douglas Coupland.

Ken Hollings will also be reading extracts from The Bright Labyrinth at ‘William Burroughs at 100’ a special two-day event held at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester on Sunday December 14. To celebrate the centenary year of the birth of William Burroughs, novelist and pioneer of audiovisual experimentation, this is a ticket-only event open to the general public.

The Bright Labyrinth: Sex, Death and Design in the Digital Regime by Ken Hollings, book design and typography by Rathna Ramanathan, illustrations by Matthew Frame, 978-1-907222-18-4, Strange Attractor Press, £14.99, December 2014