Spelling Dystopia is a book about the work “Spelling Dystopia” of Berlin based artists Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani. Kind of like a Making of for the movie with the same name.
The publication shows the process of developing and realizing the film installation “Spelling Dystopia,” about the Japanese island Hashima, once the most densely populated place on earth, a coal mine until 1974, and a symbol today of a ruthless exploitation of resources. Nowadays the abandoned island is better known as a ghost island through mangas, video games, and movies. “Spelling Dystopia” asks how memory operates, how a site wears its history, both physically and metaphorically, and visualizes the shift in collective memory.
The book contains sketches, research material, production stills, series of photographic images, and a manga realized in collaboration with Kasuga Tsubaki, a Japanese manga artist.