"O Banquete" or Plato's Symposium is a philosophical classic about the genesis, purpose and nature of love. Its complex narrative structure with layered characters' voices and different time periods created an opportunity for developing a new edition. Hierarchies were built by differentiating colors, typographic styles, indenting text and changing the orientation. The navigation bar provides information of who is talking at each specific moment. The orientation changes whenever someone starts a speech. This beautifully produced new edition aims to enhance the reading experience by creating some navigation mechanisms and carefully designed page structures for a really sophisticated content, in order to support a contemplative moment after each speech and instigate the reader to assemble his own thoughts.
Using the dialogue as a tool to expound various theories, Plato connects with the reader as he makes us feel part of the symposium in which occurred the seven speeches praising Eros, the god of love. Each participant adds something towards an exposition of their own understanding of the subject. Although, after each address, a discussion is always erupted by Socrates in order to instigate the speaker (and us readers) to reach an even brighter and more profound deduction, therefore, getting us closer to a possible conclusion.
with Julia Aguiar
orientation Evelyn Grumach + Suzana Valadares, Prscila Andrade e Miguel Carvalho — PUC-Rio 2016