Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rippin' for Gordon - #009 - Bernhard Schlink und die Grausamen Liebe zur Kunst

Bernhard Schlink
Der Vorleser

Die Erstausgabe erschien 1995
im Diogenes Verlag
Umschlagillustration: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner,
›Nollendorfplatz‹, 1912 (Ausschnitt)
Copyright © by Dr. Wolfgang & Ingeborg
Henze-Ketterer, Wichtrach/Bern

Veröffentlicht als Diogenes Taschenbuch, 1997
Alle Rechte vorbehalten
Copyright © 1995
Diogenes Verlag  AG Zürich
ISBN 3 257 22953 4

11,2 x 18,0 cm, 210p, softcover

On 21 September 2017 I ripped the 210 pages from Bernard Schlink Der Vorleser, 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 9 September 2017 the Hole is filled with precious books from my private library.

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