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Civilisation

Civilisation

As humans we began with fire and fear and violence and built our cities up around it. But the fire hasn't gone: it is only covered up, and it is there at the heart of things if you look closely enough.

The brief was simply 'narrative'. 'Civilisation' is a ten page pop up book. The first four pages are blank. Then the flame pops up from the void, sudden and unexpected. Over the next pages, civilisation springs up around the human flame, from huts to spires to chimneys. The flame is covered by these constructions: but if you look deep down into the heart of the paper cities, you can see that it is still there.

To see it pop up, in animated form, please visit my website: http://www.hannahesimpson.com/#1534488/Civilisation