Thursday, January 4, 2018

Rippin' for Gordon - #048 - Albert Camus Falls Down Down Deeper and Down

Albert Camus
The Fall

Penguin Books Ltd, Harmondsworth, Middlesex
AUSTRALIA: Penguin Books Pty, 762 Whitehorse Road,
Mitcham, Victoria


La Chute first published in 1956
This translation first published in
Great Britain by Hamish Hamilton 1957
Published in Penguin Books 1963


Translation copyright © Justin O'Brien, 1957


Made and printed in Great Britain
by C. Nicholls & Company Ltd
Set in Linotype Pilgrim

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11,2 x 18,1 cm, 114p, softcover

On 4 January 2018 (58 years after his death in a car crash) I ripped the 114 pages from Albert Camus The Fall, 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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