Reading Revolutionaries

Reto Geiser, John Sparagana


22.50 €

About the book


  • ISBN: 978-3-7165-1813-7
  • Pages: 192
  • Binding: Softcover
  • Published: 10/2014
  • Illustrations: 80 illustrations
  • Dimensions: 11 x 17.5 cm

A new way of looking at art

The work of Sparagana is known for its various types of physical manipulation. Following this concept, the book proposes an alternative "reading" of his work in the form of a literal understanding of visual information as text.

His large-scale work of art "Crowds & Powder: The Revolutionaries" is translated into the format of a mass-market paperback book. Arranged over 80 double-page spreads, each individual page frames a full-scale fragment of this work. Not only does it allude to a growing discourse on the control and manipulation of visual narrative, as increasingly witnessed from political imagery to popular culture, but it also investigates the way we read and process (visual) language.


Reto Geiser

Reto Geiser is an architect and scholar of modern architecture with a focus on the intersections between architecture, pedagogy, and media. He is currently the Gus Wortham Assistant Professor at the Rice University School of Architecture. As founding principal of the collaborative design practice MG&Co. 

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John Sparagana

John Sparagana is an artist and the Grace Christian Vietti Chair in the Visual Arts and Chair of the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice University.

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