The Hidden World Book
Not so secret societies, far-fetched orders and fraternities, evangelical and fundamentalist movements, New Age spiritualists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Freemasons, ultraconservatives and conspiracy theorists of all kinds, children’s encyclopaedias, and medical books… The Hidden World, an exhibition and now a book, invites you to dive into an astounding archive of contemporary imagination, collected by Jim Shaw for over forty years.
The book also features a conversation between Jim Shaw and Marc-Olivier Wahler, a series of original essays by philosopher and novelist Tristan Garcia, as well as an encyclopedic glossary dedicated to the protagonists of The Hidden World.
Inspired by a size and a form of the well-known pocket edition of the Bible, with its black leatherette cover and blood-red edges, this is an indispensable guide to the weird.
The book is published by Koenig Books and is available at the bookshops worldwide. It has a democratic retail price of around 25 euros and you can also directly order it here.
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From The Hidden World’s Guestbook:
Jim Shaw has the most amazing collection of cultural oddities that I have ever seen.
Jim’s show is like peeking deep inside his wacky, delightfully twisted mind to discover where he gets his inspirations. As a fellow twisted artist, I found it greatly inspiring.
The show is like an obsessive compulsive scratched mixed tape of mad soppy pop songs. You may love or hate it, it is so powerful it stays stuck in your mind till the end of times!
EDITOR: Marc-Olivier Wahler