memory. language, art. wittgenstein. books. ceramics.

all sorts of thinkings on memory, language, art, wittgenstein, books, etc, while I am getting on with my MA

Tuesday 9 November 2010

ESSAY. Biblioclasm. Dieter Roth.

Dieter Roth (Swiss, born Germany, 1930-98). Literaturwurst (Martin Walser: Halbzeit) (Literature Sausage), 1968. Book of cut-up novel, water, gelatin and spices in sausage casing, overall: 20 11/16 x 16 3/4 x 4 ¾ in (52.5 x 42.5 x 12 cm). Publisher and fabricator: the artist, Reykjavik. Edition: 50 with different formats and texts. Dieter Roth Foundation, Hamburg. © 2006 Dieter Roth Foundation, Hamburg.

Johanna Drucker would not call this a book. My mum would not call this a book. Most people would not call this a book. Daily Mirror had been reduced to pulp, a semi-raw material, recycled mush as a sausage stuffing.

Sure - it is not a book in the codex sense of it. Book-object? How do I classify it?

Can chicken sausages be called chicken? What would J.Sainsbury do?