Top, installation view at David Zwirner with screen capture from Francis Alÿs, REEL - UNREEL, , Kabul, Afghanistan 2011In collaboration with Julien Devaux and Ajmal Maiwandi, 20:00 min. Via. WATCH. On September 5, 2001, the Taliban set fire to prints from the Afghan Film Archive, Afghanistan’s national film institute. The bonfire reportedly burned for 15 days, but thankfully, the Taliban only destroyed copies - leaving the negatives untouched.
Bottom, Bruce Nauman, Burning Small Fires, 1969. Artist book in which Nauman ceremoniously burned a copy of Ed Ruscha’s book Various Small Fires, taking a picture of each flaming page and creating his own book from the results. Via.
(…) it is not a book to house a collection of art photographs-they are technical data like industrial photography. To me, they are nothing more than snapshots…
I have eliminated all text from my books - I want absolutely neutral material. My pictures are not that interesting, nor the subject matter. They are simply a collection of ‘facts’; my book is more like a collection of Ready-mades…
Ed Ruscha, Concerning Various Small Fires: Edward Ruscha Discusses His Perplexing Publications, 1965. Via.
Despite his apparent incapacity, the psychotic had an exaggerated idea of his competence. Sometimes he even had the sense that he could do almost anything in almost any field if only he wanted to, and his major weakness was his lack of decision, these thoughts giving him an excuse to waste a lot of time doing nothing but think about to do.
Louis Wolfson, Le Schizo et les langues, 1970. Translated by Kevin McCann for his essay Good-Night Lyudi, published in Cabinet Issue 37, Spring 2010.