Saturday, September 9, 2017

Rippin' for Gordon - #001 - Joseph Kosuth Died for Somebody's Sins but not Mine

Joseph Kosuth

Internationaal Cultureel Centrum

Uitgegeven door I.C.C., Meir 50, B-2000 Antwerpen, België
Samenstelling en realisatie: F. Bex, J.P. Coenen, J. Debbaut,
Vertalingen: J. Vercruysse,
Traductions: G. Roque, S. Pahaut,
Ontwerp: F. Michiels,
Druk: G.B.S., Brugge,
Wettelijk depot: D/1976/1540/2

14,6 x 20,5 cm, 162p, softcover

On 9 September 2017 I ripped the 162 pages from Joseph Kosuth's Teksten/Textes, tore them in half and threw them in the Hole I've been Diggin' for Gordon in a basement at an undisclosed location in Antwerpen since 20 February 2006.
The title refers to Gordon Matta-Clark whose last and major work ‘Office Baroque’ in Antwerpen I illegally visited at the start of my career as an artist. The performance/installation evolved into a ‘mash-up’ with ingredients from the works of various avantgarde artists from the 70’s. For instance a slant row of florescent lights inspired by Dan Flavin takes care of lightning and an endless ladder as imagined by Vito Acconci makes it possible to get in and out of the hole. The work was made visible through a number of side actions and performances where I used some of the dirt I had been digging up. Most of the dirt was used to fill up James Lee Byars' tomb.
As of today the Hole will be filled with precious books from my private library.

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