The Aspen Complex
The Aspen Complex draws on the events of the 1970 International Design Conference in Aspen, with documentary photographs of Martin Beck’s exhibition Panel 2 – Nothing better than a touch of ecology and catastrophe to unite the social classes…, essays by Sabeth Buchmann, Felicity D. Scott, and Alice Twemlow and video stills from the Aspen Movie Map.
The physical form of The Aspen Complex references another book – The Aspen Papers – in both size and material. The Aspen Papers, published in 1974, is a book edited by Rayner Banham and designed by Ivan Chermayeff. It contains official material collected from the Aspen conferences. The headlines in The Aspen Complex are set in Compacta, a typeface used in two relevant counterculture publications from 1970 – Radical Software and Domebook.