Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rippin' for Gordon - #018 - Ian Fleming Never Digged Twice

Ian Fleming
James Bond
You Only Live Twice

First published 1964 by Jonathan Cape Ltd.
This edition published 1965 by Pan Books Ltd,
8 Headfort Place, London, S.W.1

© Glidrose Production Ltd, 1964

Printed in Great Britain by
Cox and Wyman Ltd, London, Reading and Fakenham

11,2 x 17,7 cm, 194p, softcover

On 10 October 2017 I ripped the 194 pages from Ian Fleming James Bond: You Only Live Twice, 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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