a work of curious prose on travel and cities in East Asia by Berlin-based architect Anna Kostreva, designed by Studio YUKIKO and published by Rough Beast
96 pages, $13.00
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Rough Beast is pleased to present a new print project undertaken in collaboration with Berlin-based architect and writer Anna Kostreva and the Berlin-based design team Studio YUKIKO.
Three Pathways to Get Anywhere (Except When There Is a Dead End) is a collection of essays, poems, and fragments that forms a constellation of a young architect’s reactions to East Asian cities, personal narratives of traveling solo, and musings on how the unique and foreign may or may not inhabit global practices. Kostreva’s sharply insightful text, as experimental as it is accessible, details six weeks of travel through China, Japan, and Singapore in March and April 2015. With writing that takes both stylistic and thematic cues from the fragmentary writing of Renata Adler and Etel Adnan, Kostreva poses questions from a perspective where intercontinental travel has become normalized and societies on the opposite side of the globe increasingly appear in our imagination only as quantifiable sets of big data. Why do we still want to travel, and what significance does the act of taking a trip now have?
Kostreva’s book presents an absorbing narrative through the mind and eyes of a young female architect interested equally in the state of modern cities as in their capacity to speak to those who visit, use, and live in them. Through its combination of subjective revelation and nuanced critique of global citizenship, Kostreva’s deeply probing and thought-provoking writing positions itself within what art critic Peter Osborne describes as the ‘inherent hopefulness of travel’.
The publication, accompanied by photos and sketches of urban phenomena encountered along the way, is designed by the award-winning Berlin-based design studio YUKIKO, whose work with the magazine Flaneur has been distinguished with the D&AD Slice Award (2014) and, most recently, a nomination for the German Design Award (2016). Studio YUKIKO consists of Michelle Phillips and Johannes Conrad and has been active in Berlin since 2012. Their work includes clients in the arts, entertainment, cultural, and fashion industries, with projects ranging from printed matter to album art to music videos.