INK Illustration are currently showing their Invisible Library project in the Free Word Centre's foyer space as part of Islington Exhibits. This pleasingly colourful installation sees the foyer transformed into a library, filled with copies of forty imaginary books - fictional works that are mentioned in novels, but have never actually existed.
Cardboard bookcases display copies of the books, with covers illustrated by INK in keeping with their naive, quirky, hand-drawn aesthetic. Exhibition visitors are invited to collaborate in the creation of these new works by making their own contribution to the story within - the aim being that by the close of this exhibition, the blank pages of each book will be filled with unique new narratives.
The titles used were chosen from a list here (although I have to admit that some of my personal favourite 'fictional fictions' are missing - Jacob Wrestling, Mortmain's modernist magnum opus from I Capture the Castle, anyone? Or how about The Higher Common Sense, which proves so useful to Flora Poste in Cold Comfort Farm?) and you can visit the exhibition to check out the invisible library, and add your own contributions until Friday 23 July.
[Bad photographs by me. Video via ifbook]