SHELF / SCAFFALE

Sovrapposizione statica
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SHELF / SCAFFALE

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Sovrapposizione statica
RAM radioartemobile
presents


SHELF / SCAFFALE

https://radioartemobile.it/shelf


photo: Achim Wollscheid 18 April 2020 – at Orban and Streu used books, Frankfurt

SHELF / SCAFFALI

 

(background) Since the pandemic has everyone pretty much under lockdown, I have been intensifying my email exchanges with friends, mostly artists. I noticed that these written exchanges often become writing about things that are written – which quite often leads to mutual recommendations for books. I am always grateful for the recommendations, because the information I get is twofold: on one hand, about the respective books as well as background for the discussion, etc.; and on the other hand, about the artist who makes the recommendation. In this case, the recommendations are inspired by the context of the email exchange – the recommended books are not meant to be generally valid or interesting, but useful with respect to the written discussion.


(foreground) That’s when it occurred to me that I would love to hear from artists about a book they would recommend to other artists (or anyone else). This would of course be a more general recommendation outside the limiting context of a specific email exchange.
Which is not a negative thing because I think artists, with their professional vanity, – will recommend an exciting book (they wouldn’t want to be boring); and– will find exciting ways to present and explain their choice (so I think we can trust everyone to come up with a good proposal for the RAM context).
This means no need for written or otherwise fixed instructions: instead, a call for an honest recommendation, whether Nobel Prize-awarded or utterly trivial (which might coincide, by the way).

So it’s about one book, the one book – and the only rule being that the last recommender in the row recommends an artist to make the next recommendation.

 

(sullo sfondo)  Dal momento che la pandemia ha praticamente costretto tutti in isolamento, ho intensificato i miei scambi di email con gli amici, per lo più artisti. Notando che questi scambi scritti spesso diventavano testi sull’atto dello scrivere stesso, scrivere a proposito di cose scritte. Il che molto spesso porta a raccomandazioni reciproche che riguardano dei libri. Sono sempre grato per i consigli, perché le informazioni che ottengo sono duplici:  da un lato, riguardano i rispettivi libri e la discussione da essi creata – dall’altro, ci mostrano i consigli dati dal punto di vista di un artista in proposito. In questo caso, le raccomandazioni, finiscono per ispirarsi al contesto e al momento in cui avviene lo scambio via e-mail – i libri consigliati non sono pensati per essere necesssariamente validi o interessanti, in generale, ma utili rispetto alla discussione scritta.


(in primo piano) Quando  mi è venuto in mente che mi sarebbe piaciuto sentire da artisti, qualcosa rispetto ad un libro che consiglierebbero ad altri artisti (o a chiunque altro), questo sarebbe stato, ovviamente, uno scambio a raggio piu ampio e al di fuori dei limiti del contesto di un normale scambio di e-mail.
Questo non lo intendo in una accezione negativa, perché penso che agli artisti, professionisti della vanità..: consiglierànno un libro emozionante (non vorranno risultare noiosi);– troveranno modi entusiasmanti per presentare e spiegare la loro scelta (quindi penso che possiamo esserne certi, gli artisti invitati formuleranno al meglio la propria proposta, per il sito di RAM radioartemobile).
Tutto questo significa non avere bisogno di istruzioni specifiche,  ne regole fisse da seguire. Si tratta di un consiglio, una indicazione onesta  fosse esso scritto da un Premio Nobel, o, al contrario , nel piu banale dei modi. (Anzi, le due cose potrebbero coincidere, tra l’altro).
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Il consiglio su UN libro, l’unico libroE l’unica regola è: L’ultimo della fila tra gli artisti consigliati sceglie il successivo.

Achim Wollscheid – Jan 2022
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ACHIM WOLLSCHEID

Toward the end of high-school, the administration felt obliged to get us somewhat out of there - or maybe THEY wanted out, not sure. Everyone had to join at least one field trip, and I ended up on a bus to Stuttgart for 'The Staufer dynasty' exhibit, one of those early blockbuster tourist attractions. Typically, I did not go to the exhibit, but instead hung out on the big public green in Stuttgart's city center, got bored, and went to the bookstore beside the stairway next to the park. Bookstores in the 70s commonly had these posters from the Suhrkamp publishing house showing serious suits like Brecht, Nossack or Hesse - but I saw a poster of an untidy drunk, pants unbuttoned, next to a caricature of a hooker. I instantly bought one book, and laughed all the way back to Trier reading it. You could really write like this, incredible! I remember a yellow book cover, a collection of short stories in German translation. Soon after that, while in the army, I often stopped-over at Köln train station - there was a bookstore in the B-passage that actually sold the Black Sparrow Press originals in English (thanks to the crazy bookseller who got them up on the shelf, imagine that today!). There I bought "Post Office", which I think is one of those first works that really hit it (in German, "da hat jemand wirklich draufgehauen") - it shows how much fun Bukowski had writing it. One of the few books I know of that is somehow physical in that respect, meaning it is not about writing a book, but doing something, and doing it to somebody. And one of the best opening sentences ever: "It began as a mistake".

 

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