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aspen 5+6


for Stephen Mellarmé


guest editor-designer / Brian O'Doherty


guest art directors / David Dalton / Lynn Letterman









B = L∪F∪R∪B∪D







28 = 1 + 4 + 5 + 8 + 10







1 box    1 book    4 films    5 records    8 boards    10 printed data










 

book
book
book

essays

The Death of the Author / Roland Barthes / trans. Richard Howard
Style and The Representation of Historical Time / George Kubler
The Aesthetics of Silence / Susan Sontag


 

record
record
record

fiction

Text for Nothing #8 / Samuel Beckett / read by Jack MacGowan
Nova Express / excerpts / William Burroughs / read by the author
"Now the shadow of the southwest column" from Jealousy / Alain Robbe-Grillet / read by the author


 

record
record

music

Fontana Mix-Feed / John Cage / realized by Max Neuhaus
The King of Denmark / Morton Feldman / Max Neuhaus (percussion)


 

boards

sculpture

The Maze / Tony Smith


 

film
film
film
film

films

Rhythm 21 (1921) / Hans Richter
Lightplay: Black-White-Grey (1932) / Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (excerpt)
Site (1964) / Robert Morris / Stan VanDerBeek (excerpt)
Linoleum (1967) / Robert Rauschenberg (excerpt)


 

record

interview

Merce Cunningham


 

record
record
record


record
print
record

documents

The Creative Act (1957) / Marcel Duchamp / read by the author
Some texts from A L'infinitif (1919-20) / Marcel Duchamp / read by the author
Four poems from Phantastische Gebete (1916) / Richard Huelsenbeck / read by the author


The Realistic Manifesto (1920) / Naum Gabo / Noton Pevsner / read by Gabo
The Russian Desert: A Note on Our State of Knowledge / Douglas MacAgy
Space, Time and Dance/Merce Cunningham / read by the author


 

print
print

poetry

Conditionnement / Michel Butor / trans. Michael Benedikt
Poem, March 1966 / Dan Graham


 

print
print
print
print
print
print
print

data

Serial Project #1 / Sol Lewitt
Seven Translucent Tiers / Mel Bochner
Structural Play #3 / Brian O'Doherty
Drawings for The Maze / Tony Smith
Score for Fontana Mix-Feed / John Cage / Max Neuhaus
Score for The King of Denmark / Morton Feldman
Translation of Jealousy (recorded excerpt) / Alain Robbe-Grillet / trans. Robert Howard







"It should be possible to construe a situation in which persons, things, abstractions, become simply nouns and are thus potentially objectified. As "objects" they may be heaped or dumped in any way (a definition of life?). Or they may perhaps be conjugated in such a way that their positions imply "verbs" in the spaces (silences) between them.

"This invisible grammar can be read within and between categories. As a function of placement, it can be permitted to imply different systems, i.e., languages. Some of these languages we have not yet deciphered, i.e., invented. To identify such a grammar, to read such a language constitutes a test for the reader...

"This linguistics of interval and position is usually closed off by themes and titles, complex nouns that immobilize a system in a particular attitude. In this sense, explanations are modes of concealing what is accessible by removing concepts to the area of other concepts (initiating that process which eventually leads to "meaning" in the least fortunate academic sense)...

"Placement as a grammatical concept can be extended to any abstraction... to a degree we may speak of meaning as a system of permutations, as a mathematics of placement.... It is, of course, also possible to consider how placement is concealed, how the objectified unit (a person, a concept, a period) can conceivably occur without dimensions, in no place and in no time, and thus approach the condition of art."

— Sigmund Bode in
Placement as Language( 1928)









 

Original format: Single sheet, 17-5/8 by 8 inches, folded twice to 8 inches square.

 
 
 

 

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