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 2432 pages and are growing day by day.
Latest news by La Lumière:
08-11-2014 · Exhibition Luc and François Schuiten in Lyon
Exhibition Luc and François Schuiten in Lyon
Their drawings are similar, and they are sometimes confused, all the more so as they have signed some albums together. They share the same passion for architecture born of a common education, the same cap…
Lumières sur les Cités at Mons 2015
[Lumières sur les Cités at Mons 2015]
François Schuiten is a cartoonist and set designer; he is taking us to imaginary worlds, nearby and far away at the same time. These worlds, from Pahry to Brüsel, passing by …
Russian translation of L'Enfant Penchée
Девочка с отклонением is the Russian translation of L'Enfant Penchée. For Туманные города, the Russian translation of the Obscure Cities series by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters is no official publisher …
Other news about Schuiten & Peeters:
18-01-2015 · "Revoir Paris" in de Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine
09-01-2015 · Schuiten et Peeters rêvent d’un Paris futuriste
02-01-2015 · Revoir Paris: deux siècles de vision urbaine par François Schuiten et Benoît Peeters à la cité de l'architecture
23-12-2014 · Le Paris fantasmé de Schuiten et Peeters
17-12-2014 · Schuiten et Peeters fantasment Paris
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