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Phantom Settlements

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This article discusses the book Phantom Settlements by Catrin Morgan and Mireille Fauchon. Phantom Settlements contains illustrated interviews with the artists Ryan Gander, Jamie Shovlin and Tom McCarthy in which they discuss the role of authenticity and deception in their work. The article begins by giving an overview of the book’s five chapters, each of which is illustrated and authored in a distinct style. It then outlines the concepts governing the style of each chapter and looks at the use of footnotes and appendices in reinforcing the book’s repeating structure. It also considers the contribution made by the design of the book to the discussion it contains. The article concludes by making the case for Phantom Settlements as a piece of authorial illustration.
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Keywords: Phantom Settlements; authenticity; authorial; deception; illustration

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Royal College of Art

Publication date: 2012-03-01

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  • The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.
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