Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of a dystopian future where books have been outlawed and are destroyed by firemen who set them ablaze. But in an ironic twist, Super Terrain, a publisher in France, has created a new edition of Bradbury's classic that actually requires extreme heat in order to be read.
Jo Frenken shared this video to Instagram showing a prototype copy of the book, which was developed by the Charles Nypels Lab at the Netherlands-based Jan van Eyck Academie -- a research institute known for its experiments in materials and media. The pages of the book appear completely blacked-out -- like a redacted CIA file -- as you flip through them. But when heat is applied, using a flame from a lighter, in this case, the heat-activated ink disappears and the underlying text is revealed.
This week our colleagues from Super Terrain are working in the Lab as a last stop on their all-over-Europe printing adventures. They showed us this remarkable book they made "Fahrenheit 451". --- @superterrain #printingadventures #heatsensitive #fire #experimental #artistsbook #allblack #screenprint
Super Terrain will apparently be making this unique version of Fahrenheit 451 available sometime in 2018, but we recommend maybe grabbing a hair dryer to read it. An actual open flame is probably a bit too risky.