As part of an exhibition at the Finnish Institute Berlin Juliasys designed the installation “Letters to be burned” dedicated to the oevres of Franz Kafka and Emily Dickinson. It is a meeting of two writers similar in character but separate in time and space. Both left behind a life’s work in manuscripts, diaries and letters – and a last wish, that these were to be burned. The installation presents a dialogue in quotations as digital projections, two-dimensional prints and three-dimensional objects using the typefaces “Emily In White” and “FF Mister K”.
Neither Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) nor Franz Kafka (1883–1924) lived to experience their breakthrough as writers, but today both are considered to be pioneers of modern literature. Their last wish that their manuscripts were to be burned was not fulfilled – not by Dickinson’s sister Lavinia and not by Kafka’s best friend Max Brod. They instead prepared the works for publication and thus preserved some of the most ingenious manuscripts of literary modernity.