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Obscure cities archives

Welcome to Altaplana, the impossible and infinite encyclopedia of the world of The Obscure Cities, originally named Les Cités Obscures and its authors François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters.

François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters started to explore these cities in the early 1980s. In this fictional world, humans live in independent city-states, each of which has developed a distinct civilization, each characterized by a distinctive architectural style.

François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters didn't only explore this universe by graphic novels, but also by the means of books, movies, exhibitions, scenographics & radio documentaries.

The word Obscure is somewhat misleading for English-speaking readers. In English we tend to think of the word to mean “little known” or “odd.” The French use the word for multiple meanings, including “mysterious”, “hidden” or even “secluded.” ALL of these adjectives could apply to the world imagined in the minds of Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten.

On the Obscure Continent Altaplana is the city that is dedicated to hold all the archives of the Obscure Cities. Altaplana was founded in November 747 AT, after the Convention Von Amelunxen decided that all archives had to be centralized in one special place. Altaplana is located west of Urbicande and Alaxis, mid-way between the two in longitude.

The founding of Altaplana was not an immediately success. It took a long time to sort out if the documents have to be archived in alphabetical, chronological or logical order. Even after personal intervention of Governor Arkhalsky the chaos remained.

It was after a long time that Joseph Le Perdriel brought structure in the chaos by implementing a system that allowed documents to be archived in alphabetical, chronological and logical order, all at the same time. This system made it possible to lift the embargo on information and open the Altaplana archives for everyone.

The archives at Altaplana contain about 2600 pages and are growing day by day.


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24-01-2016  · Chinese Translation "La Tour" voted Book Of 2015

Chinese Translation "La Tour" voted Book Of 2015 The Chinese translation of La Tour that was published in 2015 by People's Fine Arts Publishing House was voted readers' favorite book in the WeChat Green Reading group . The Chinese WeChat applicat…
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15-01-2016  · Apparences: Paris or Samaris?

Apparences: Paris or Samaris? [Apparences: Paris or Samaris?] Claire and Max wondered what if our environnement was like a movie set? What would be our life in this fake world? They made a short film showing Paris like a fake city with ghostly huma…
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19-12-2015  · Preview Of 2016

Preview Of 2016 The end of the year is good for a review of 2015 but also for a preview of 2016. What are the plans of François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters for the new year? The exhibition Lumières sur les Cités will end on February 7, 2016, but be…
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Other news about Schuiten & Peeters:

28-03-2016  · François Schuiten: «Il ne faut pas stigmatiser la population de Schaerbeek »
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28-03-2016  · François Schuiten : “Ce qui vient de nous arriver va être terrible pour Bruxelles”
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14-02-2016  · Recensie De Holle Aarde Deel 1 t/m 3
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29-01-2016  · Angoulême : un dessin géant de Schuiten sur les façades des Archives départementales
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16-01-2016  · Bruxelles, en belgitude et en amour vache
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Latest additions and major changes to Altaplana:

Dolores (movie) 24-05-2016 13:09
Dolorès 24-05-2016 12:59
Bois Henri Lochten 1990 24-05-2016 06:58
Single Images 24-05-2016 06:57
BHL Calendar 1989 24-05-2016 06:56
Revoir Paris 23-05-2016 21:48
Idegael 23-05-2016 21:39
Port-folio, objects & series of images 23-05-2016 11:52
«朦胧城市» 系列 (Chinese translations) 22-05-2016 12:00
Les 12 19-05-2016 20:07

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Revoir Paris, volume 1 & 2:

Revoir Paris tome 2