21.5 × 17.5 cm
Format: softcover, coil-bound
In the tradition of esoteric manuals published on secret writing, this cookbook also channels the spirit of everyday access and the easy distribution and sharing of practical knowledge. Following Della Porta’s 1558 popular science book Natural Magic, one of the first major publications that detailed simple but diverse recipes of invisible inks for public consumption, this Cookbook aims to bring this obscure field to a wider audience. The publication includes a critical essay about the history of surveillance through a feminist and postcolonial lens. In the last Chapter is the artistic practice of the author and her body of work that aims to resuscitate analog techniques in light of surveilled and censored contexts.
Written, designed and illustrated by Amy Suo Wu.
Edited by Clementine Edwards.
Realised in collaboration with the research center of Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam.