A book in the form of an exhibition

einBuch.haus considers books as art objects which can be curated and presented in exhibition formats, providing immersive experience between people, objects and spaces.

The artbook platform ‘einBuch.haus’ offers regular events with a specific artbook concept of selected book in the field of arts and design. Each exhibition or event refers to one book, along with contents and related materials.

With an interdisciplinary approach, einBuch.haus are challenged to communicate both material and visual aspects of reading experience by twisting the form and structural interpretation of a book.

A building has its blueprint, frame and materials to become a building, a book also has its own systematic structure such as text, grid and texture to become a book. As if a cluster of buildings form a community where a cultural interplay may begin, the books in the exhibition organised by einBuch.haus encourage the audience to extend their three-dimensional reading experience to become a part of it.

We also have a bookshop to stock experimental books from all over the world, especially from Asia and Europe. The online store ‘einBuch.shop’ is here.



Fictive Appearance: Transformation Dialogue Ch. 1 (photo: Yuto Takamuro)
Fictive Appearance: Transformation Dialogue Ch. 1 (photo: Yuto Takamuro)
Fictive Appearance: Transformation Dialogue Ch. 2 (photo: Yuto Takamuro)
Fictive Appearance: Transformation Dialogue Ch. 2 (photo: Yuto Takamuro)
Fictive Appearance: Transformation Dialogue Ch. 1 (photo: Yuto Takamuro)
Fictive Appearance: Transformation Dialogue Ch. 1 (photo: Yuto Takamuro)
Fictive Appearance: Transformation Dialogue Ch. 2 (photo: Yuto Takamuro)
Fictive Appearance: Transformation Dialogue Ch. 2 (photo: Yuto Takamuro)

Yotaro Niwa & Yuto Takamuro

Fictive Appearance

23 January, 2020
23 January - 15 February, 2020

‘Fictive Appearance’ is a work composed of a book and a spatial installation. The installation relates to the book, and the book relates to a previous installation.

This unusual collaboration between a graphic designer and a fine artist calls the meaning of the visual into question. The analog and digital, primarily two-dimensional, work of the graphic designer contrasts with the primarily three-dimensional work of the fine artist. In this dialogue, merging their varied approaches, they go through dozens of processes, dealing with multiple dimensions and various media.

The book, exhibited in 2020, was developed by graphic designer Yuto Takamuro and is based on a single photograph of the installation work ‘Fake Appearance’ (2018) by artist Yotaro Niwa. The book deals with a collection of image fragments, which are enlarged to up to ten thousand times their original size. As the photograph is continuously subdivided, its original message is lost: what remains is pure image, free of subtext, and goes far beyond the original intention of the artist.
Through the special design of the page layout and the unique type of bookbinding, multiple layers in various combinations can be viewed simultaneously. The book is an instrument in which visual images are reconstructed. The collection of fragments of all the extended and mass-produced images leaves the purest visual reality to the viewer, differing with how each book is viewed.

Taking inspiration from the book, the new spatial installation of Yotaro Niwa also leads the visitors back to experiencing the physical space. One medium used to construct the installation is the book contents itself. Large format prints and small snippets are combined with some of the same and similar objects as those used in ‘Fake Appearance’. In order to connect the many individual pieces with one another, materials with various plastic properties have been used, such as plaster, cement and lamination film.

The installation ‘Fake Appearance’, on which the book was based, was created in Taipei in 2018. Its subject matter was a complex bricolage, a search for analogies between different visual languages from the fields of natural science and fashion, and included objects from nature and plastic materials that the artist had found on site. The images are examples of visual impressions from everyday urban life and reflect human perception: something that is both extended and limited by modern technology and media.

‘Fictive Appearance’ leads the viewer’s perception in an undefined direction – an aim that is nevertheless impossible to achieve. Perception is individual and can neither be deliberately guided nor comprehended. What is left behind by the dialogues between the graphic designer and the fine artist? What do we actually see?

* The exhibition is held as part of Transmediale & CTM Vorspiel 2020.


Yotaro Niwa

Yotaro Niwa’s work essentially consists of installations that are intended for a specific location in a specific time. In most cases, he creates spatially complex forms from materials that he finds on site, including local everyday items, garbage, organic objects and image fragments. His art practice examines the border between nature and civilization. He enables the building of an unexpected network of analogies by looking at the natural order and the human-made order from an alternative perspective.



Yuto Takamuro

For the graphic designer Yuto Takamuro, the potential of the visual experience is an eternal topic that he is constantly thinking about. From the designer’s point of view, familiar perspectives are always to be questioned in order to delve deeper into the materials. For him, the purest and most radical form of design lies beyond what has already been shaped and understood. It is about getting closer to what is beyond the conception. His design does not fit into an already generalized definition, but embodies a purer type design that doubts and updates the definition itself.



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einBuch #11

Fictive Appearance 

Schtaig Hauner, 2020

Image: “Fake Appearance” (2018) by Yotaro Niwa
Design: Yuto Takamuro
Text: Beate Brauner, Yotaro Niwa

20,5 x 29,7 cm; 88 pages; English, Deutsch
Laminate cover(UNIQUE EDITION), offset print.

Edition: 100

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