Aa-Nn-Dd is Marcus Leis Allion’s explorations into the aesthetic
of code, algorithms, software, computational technologies, digital platforms,
and their associated devices with a particular emphasis on design and typography.
The artist Veronika Spierenburg (born in 1981, lives in Zurich) has regularly been visiting the Art Library in the Sitterwerk for the day since 2010. She often works in a site-specific manner, as she also did in the Sitterwerk, where she became the “collector of the collection.” Individual pages of books from the Art Library, of which she has recorded a total of some 30,000, are her personal inventory. She then reduced in collaboration with the Graphic Designer Simone Koller this selection further to a specific compilation, which is now—simultaneous to the exhibition—being published as an artist’s book: “In Order of Pages,” Kodoji Press, Baden.
The exhibition “Between Handle and Blade” consists of individual interventions that examine the book as subject matter or refer to it in a broader sense. The focal point of the exhibition will be a two-meter-tall reading wheel made of metal. This object thus makes reference to the engineer Agostino Ramelli (1531–1600). Ramelli drew the plan for a mechanical reading aid around 1588, which was published along with 194 construction drawings in the book “Le diverse et artificiose machine” and is today considered to be a classic on the engineering of the sixteenth century. In the exhibition, the parallel reading and looking at individual book pages by means of the reading wheel becomes a direct reference to the publication by Veronika Spierenburg. For the opening, the artist will specify a selection of books for the reading wheel, and visitors can then decide during the duration of the exhibition which books are present in the reading wheel. The intention is to record the compilations as well as the “course” of individual books and present them on the Sitterwerk Webpage.
Intuition - Joseph Beuys (at Specific Object)
multiple, 31 x 21 x 5 cm., edition size 12000, signed and unnumbered
Multiple by Joseph Beuys in the form of an open wood box with horizontal pencil line and word the “Intuition” inscribed on the open interior, and signed and dated by Beuys.
(via ruinsorbooks.tumblr.com )
"There is an aesthetic crisis in writing, which is this: how do we write emotionally of scenes involving computers? How do we make concrete, or at least reconstructable in the minds of our readers, the terrible, true passions that cross telephony lines? Right now my field must tackle describing a world where falling in love, going to war and filling out tax forms looks the same; it looks like typing."
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