By Thomas Hirschhorn
For the artist Thomas Hirschhorn, writing is a vital instrument at each degree of his creative perform. From the 1st cartoon of an idea to appeals to strength collaborators, from certain documentation of initiatives to post-disassembly research, Hirschhorn's writings mark the trajectories of his paintings. This quantity collects Hirschhorn's greatly scattered texts, proposing many in English for the 1st time.
In those writings, Hirschhorn discusses the total diversity of his artwork, from works on paper to the large Presence and Production initiatives in public areas. "Statements and Letters" tackle extensive issues of aesthetic philosophy, politics, and artwork ancient commitments. "Projects" examine particular works of art or exhibitions. "Interviews" catch the artist in discussion with Benjamin Buchloh, Jacques Rancière, and others. all through, definite continuities emerge: Hirschhorn's dedication to quotidian fabrics; the centrality of political and monetary considering in his paintings; and his dedication to artwork within the public sphere. Taken jointly, the texts serve to track the artist's principles and inventive ideas over the last twenty years. Critical Laboratory also reproduces, in colour, 33 Ausstellungen im öffentlichen Raum 1998--1989, an out-of-print catalog of Hirschhorn's earliest works in public space.
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I’m no more than happy simply because I nonetheless have (I continuously do) the sensation that it’s now not radical sufficient, no longer transparent sufficient, now not attractive adequate. yet I don’t understand how to do higher. As comfort, I keep on with: you are able to do higher, yet it’s much less reliable. March 30, 1994 [Translated from French via Molly Stevens] 171 Projects Berliner Wasserfall mit Robert Walser Tränen Berliner Wasserfall mit Robert Walser Tränen [Berlin Waterfall with Robert Walser Tears] is the name of the exhibition i need to do in January 1995 at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. The exhibition gallery is nearly 80 sq. meters. partitions are over ten meters lengthy and the opposite are approximately seven meters. the peak is four-and-a-half meters. I’ll in basic terms use partitions, a protracted one and the quick one at the back of the room. I’ll organize tables opposed to the ten-meterlong wall, at the correct if you input; I’ll placed tables, one on most sensible of the opposite, and in entrance, extra contained in the room, only one desk, and this all alongside the wall. this can make a type of rudimentary ladder, because the tables degree one meter in top. Or a type of reveal or, in a extra imaginary bounce, a “waterfall” or cascade. From the wall 4 meters excessive to the ground protruding 4 meters in size, I’ll disguise the desk with aluminum foil, like that used for cooking. it will be the history. After having labored with textile, i needed a extra “dematerialized” historical past, extra non-existent, the place the query of historical past colour isn’t raised. as the fabric, its caliber, its a number of makes use of of security and isolation, shall we the paintings on most sensible “come out” greater, and makes it much less of a composition. simply because i'll current the paintings I made right here in Berlin on those tables but in addition at the ground and opposed to the wall, remoted by way of the aluminum foil. Works on wooden, cardboard, paper, with adhesives, published subject, and marks made with a Bic pen, like scribbles checking out a Bic pen. I suggest circles, the easiest kinds, occasionally extra, occasionally much less. Like testing a pen, yet extra like testing the area. additionally, those works, which I name Série Nouvelle, are all wrapped in obvious plastic. to guard them, to mark their definiteness even more—I suggest, to claim their life. to bolster the various point of the codecs i take advantage of. and in addition to magnify, simply because to envelop a bit of used cardboard is exaggerated and pointless until i need to intensify its life. The wrapping in plastic additionally permits numerous works to be introduced jointly within the similar wrapping. So I made applications, now not all are multipacks, yet there are a number of. The others have their very own wrapping. 172 Projects three. five Berliner Wasserfall mit Robert Walser Tränen, 1995. Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, 1995. 173 Projects With this “waterfall” i would like to back intensify the matter of the horizontal and the vertical, as the works are placed both flat at the ground or on best of tables coated in aluminum foil. And the opposite works are put vertically at the ground, leaning opposed to the legs of the tables and on best of the tables leaning opposed to the wall.