Instructions for Peace: A to Z Booklet, 2010
iPad application, booklet
8 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.
Fang-yu Lin's Instructions for Peace Booklet: An A to Z Guide is a hybrid analog-digital Book Art piece and a lighthearted attempt at vernacular peace practices. Poking fun at the high-mindedness of the subject while subverting the cynicism of disbelievers, Lin creates 26 sets of ostensible instructions that anyone may follow to promote peace in his or her daily life. These humorous call-to-actions, one for each letter, are presented in the Booklet and accompanied by faux-naïf step-by-step guides and illustrations. Evoking the image of children's books and e-books, the dual artwork consists of a printed booklet and an iPad application. The application version includes a DIY Peace Collage feature that enables the user to create his/her own collage by entering a word and rearranging illustrations. Through this exercise, hateful languages become comical while noble concepts appear irreverent, further accentuating the artistic intention. The iPad app is available for free through the iTunes App Store.