Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rippin' for Gordon - #008 - Joseph Conrad's Debt Was Only Paid for in His Death

Joseph Conrad
Lord Jim

Penguin Books Ltd, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England
Penguin Books Inc., 7110 Ambassador Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21207, U.S.A.
Penguin Books Australia Ltd, Ringwood, Victoria, Australia

First published by J.M. Dent & Sons 1900
Published in Penguin Books 1949
Reprinted 1961, 1962, 1964 (twice), 1965 (three times), 1966,
1968, 1969, 1971 (twice)

This edition 1957 by arrangement with the
Trustees of the Joseph Conrad Estate and
J.M Dent & Sons Ltd

Copyright ©  the Estate of Joseph Conrad 1900

Made and printed in Great Britain
by Hazell Watson & Viney Ltd,
Aylesbury, Bucks
Set in Linotype Granjon

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that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise,
be lent, re-sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated
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10,5 x 17,7 cm, 322p, softcover

On 19 September 2017 I ripped the 322 pages from Joseph Conrad Lord Jim, 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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