Friday, October 27, 2017

Rippin' for Gordon - #027 - Pat Frank's Great Novel of the End of the Arts - and the Day After

Pat Frank
Alas, Babylon

printed in completely in new type, especially designed for
easy reading, contains the complete text of the original, 
hard-cover edition. NOT ONE WORD HAS BEEN OMITTED.


A Bantam Book / published by arrangement with
J. B. Lippincott Company


Lippincott edition published March 1959
2nd printing ..................... April 1959
3rd printing ..................... June 1959
Bantam edition published March 1960

Copyright © 1959 by Pat Frank. All rights reserved.
Published simultaneously in the United States and Canada.

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10,9 x 17,7 cm, 284p, softcover

On 27 October 2017 I ripped the 284 pages from Pat Frank Alas, Babylon, 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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