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The Rise of Modern China (2018) 

Self-publishing, Artist Book, Bookbinding


180 × 265mm, 186pages


















Artist

Hsu Wai Lun

Book Design Idea
So Lai Ping

Printing

Das Druckhaus Beineke Dickmanns GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany

Binding

Hsu Wai Lun and So Lai Ping @ mmmmor

Publisher
mmmmor studio

Special Thanks

Lillian Liu Hiu Ying


ISBN 978-3-00-061657-0


















































Mark
The Rise of Modern China (2018)
中國近代史 (2018)
Published in July 2018
First Edition
ISBN 978-3-00-061657-0
This title is derived from the scholarly historical publication‭, ‬The Rise of Modern China‭, ‬first published by Oxford University‭ ‬Press in the United States in 1970‭. ‬Originally written in English‭, ‬the book was translated into Traditional Chinese and published in Hong Kong in 2001‭. ‬It was published in Simplified Chinese in China in 2008‭. ‬In the Simplified Chinese edition‭, ‬eleven chapters‭, ‬or over 200‭ ‬pages‭, ‬are erased‭.‬

The Rise of Modern China‭ (‬2018‭) ‬now republishes the removed pages from the original edition‭. ‬Most of the content on these pages‭ ‬was eliminated‭, ‬leaving only year dates‭, ‬in the system of the Gregorian calendar‭. ‬This work not only addresses the‭ (‬well-known‭) ‬censorship regime of contemporary China‭, ‬but is also an attempt to address historiography‭, ‬and the way national histories are written‭.‬

In the First Edition‭, ‬all of the 50‭ ‬copies were hand-binded‭, ‬with glue and blackened binding gauze‭. ‬Intentionally‭, ‬the book does‭ ‬not include any publishing information‭, ‬neither on its cover‭, ‬back-cover or spine‭. ‬All the imageries on it are unidentified‭, ‬except the year dates‭. ‬The book was designed to become an incomplete book‭, ‬like one fragment torn out from a book‭.‬

The book was printed in Germany‭, ‬published in the Netherlands in 2018‭, ‬and subsequently showcased in two exhibitions‭: ‬An Imperfection Often Concealed ‭– Graduation Show in Royal Academy of Art‭, ‬KABK‭ (‬The Hague/NL‭); ‬On Your Own 2018‭ – Gallery Haagse Kunstkring‭ (‬The Hague/NL‭).‬

  本計劃衍生自一部歷史學術著作:The Rise of Modern China。其英文原版由牛津大學出版社於 1970 年在美國出版;後於 2001 年,在香港發行《中國近代史》正體中文翻譯版,再於 2008 年在中國發行同名簡體中文版。然而,在簡體中文版本中, 有十一個章節(超過二百頁之內容)被刪減。
  新版 The Rise of Modern China (2018) 抽選在簡體中文版中,被刪節內容之英文原版對應頁數,同時以蓄意塗污及覆蓋絕大部份內容、只清楚保留當中西元年份之方式,重新印刷出版。不只在於揭示(眾所周知的)當代中國審查制度的運作模式,並探討歷史編纂學及國族歷史(被)撰寫與形塑之過程。
  初版50本全為人手釘裝,以黑紗布膠封書脊。在設計上,書的封面和封底特意去除所有出版資料,除年份數字之外,並無任何可辨識的文字或影像。用意在呈現一本不完整的書,彷彿一本書被強行撕掉了的一部分。
  本書在2018年於德國印刷、荷蘭發表,並在同年展示於 Royal Academy of Art, KABK 的畢業展 An Imperfection Often Concealed(荷蘭海牙);以及畫廊 Haagse Kunstkring 的 On Your Own 2018 展覽(荷蘭海牙)。



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Artist    Hsu Wai Lun
Book Design Idea    So Lai Ping
Printing
    Das Druckhaus Beineke Dickmanns GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany
Binding
    Hsu Wai Lun and So Lai Ping @ mmmmor
Publisher    mmmmor studio
Special Thanks    Lillian Liu Hiu Ying

50 Editions
ISBN 978-3-00-061657-0


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