The first emporer of China, Qin Shi Huang 221 BC, aimed to unify and standardise China. In order to unify all thought and political opinions. He ordered, by suggestion of his chancellor Li Si, the burning of all classic texts of the Hundred Schools of Thought. Qin Shi Huang burned many books out of fear that they threaten his authority.
Due to groundbreaking technology such as the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad, books today have undergone under a specific type of unification and standardisation. Books now fit onto a determined screen dimension. Is consumerist society killing the printed book? In turn resulting in the metaphor of book burning?
Kindle is a conceptual piece which represents the birth of a new printed book thats fate has been sealed before its production. It speaks about the future speculation of the death of the printed book.
Kindle was bound using traditional Chinese Stab Binding in order to acknoledge this Chinese history of burning books in order to unify and eliminate opposiion. Shortly after production Kindle was turned to charcoal in representation of the fate of future printed books.
Kindle a flame.