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Coup de dés (Collection) Books and Ideas after Mallarmé

Michalis Pichler

Spector Books / Center for Books Arts

Publication date : 2024/01/01
English version
Weight 550 g / Dimensions 17 x 24 cm / 280 pages
ISBN 9783959058179

Coup de dés (Collection): Books and Ideas after Mallarmé brings together a vast number of editions of Mallarmé’s chef d’œuvre as well as many of its historical and contemporary editions and appropriations by other authors. Mallarmé’s arrangement of the poem on opposite pages turned each side into a compositional entity. Constellations of words on a spread and the interplay between the text fragments and the surrounding white—similar to the way a constellation of stars interacts with the sky—was a metaphor explicitly used and introduced into literature by Mallarmé. His notion of “constellation”, for example, is connected to Ulises Carrión’s vision of a “new” book. “In the old art, to read the last page takes as much time as to read the first one./In the new art the reading rhythm changes, quickens, speeds up,” as he wrote in 1975. The richly illustrated book contextualizes the perception and appropriations of Mallarmé’s masterpiece through critical essays written by the editor and leading scholars such as Annette Gilbert, Craig Dworkin, Luc Boltanski/Arnaud Esquerre, and Ryoko Sekiguchi.

Michalis Pichler is a Berlin-based artist, primarily operating independently of the commercial gallery system, and one of the founders and organizers of Miss Read and Conceptual Poetics Day. Pichler’s works often make use of found and pre-used material. He treats pages as canvases and canvases as pages for works of art.

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