„In this world,
in which we enter
appearing from a nowhere and
from which we disappear into a nowhere
being and appearing coincide.“
Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind, 1978
The work plays with the notion of reality. The notebook´s original material and format is transformed by the means of textile materiality, using textiles themselve as pages, but also using the book as a projection plane where materiality becomes virtual rather than real. Layers of reality merge into each other, leaving open what is to be „seen“. The whole book is used as a container that is open to carry all different kinds of information from text, drawings and textile „pages“. The textile pages, enfolded by the reader are extended into space, dissolving the DIN A5 format of the notebook. Transparent pages, carrying Hannah Arendt´s quote require the reader to turn the book around in order to read and understand. Page by page, words and meaning are blurring, appearing and disappearing. Should the book be read from left to right or vice versa? By disolving the materiality of the notebook on those different levels, the boundary of what is „real“ (or true) unravels into new, open spaces to be filled with own meanings.
The work is based on an invitation by Dr. Guy Morag Tzepelewitz, an independent curator from Tel Aviv to join "Plain", a collaborative project where he asked several international artists to create a work of art from, what he calls "the plainest and cheapest of materials" - a plain brown notebook from Israel. Thus far over 350 artists from 45 countries have contributed to the project, developing two-dimensional, sculptural, video works or spatial installations.
"The project proposes a fresh model for collective, interdisciplinary and universal art, which brings together hundreds of artists from different backgrounds, abolishing the customary hierarchies defined by the art establishment." (Beit Ha’ir Urban Culture Museum)
The collected works of the "International Plain Not(e) Book Project" are brought together in a travelling exhibition. All current works that have been produced thus far were exhibited at Beit Ha’ir Urban Culture Museum in Tel Aviv in 2013.
notebook, woven textile (white), transparent paper, text and drawings.