By Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner

The publication Torque #1 is presented here in three formats – printed, digital, and speed reading – utilising bespoke manufacturing processes, from coding and bookbinding, to artisan woodwork and print-on-demand cushions – inviting the reader to discursively explore the texts, their mediums of transmission, and the act of reading.

The publication documents the first iteration of the Torque project, which comprised a programme of research, undertaken in partnership with FACT, that explored the twisting together of language, mind and technology, across symposia, workshops and performance.

The installation’s three-fold and three-dimensional presentation of the publication seeks to articulate some of the diverging feelings evoked by reading in its various forms, as well as questioning the state of modern publishing, and how and what we read today.

Book designed by Charles Holden:
Co-published by Link Editions, Brescia, and Torque Editions, Liverpool/London
Ebook version available to download free at:
Chair and shelves crafted by Sebastian Cox in English ash (designed in collaboration with Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner)
Speed reading app coded by Tom Schofield
Speed reading typeface and wall drawing by Sam Skinner
Hard copy printed by, exhibition copy bound by Collis, Bird & Withey, London
Print-on-demand cushions designed by Nathan Jones and printed at, Keighley, West Yorkshire