Shoeboxes – A Book Project by Tris Vonna-Michell

At the moment Tris Vonna-Michell is one of our favorite performance artists. We like to be sucked into his flow of consciousness and into the dungeons of his brain. At last he’ll bring together several verbal narratives accompanied with images in a book project. Here below a little excerpt and the description of the project.

The book project brings together several ongoing narratives, conflated with new text-pieces, performance transcriptions and accompanying images devised especially for the publication. The conjoining story is set in a self-storage unit with Vonna-Michell’s daily journeying through boxes of archived objects, works and texts. For the duration of two months the storage unit functioned as a hub, where Vonna-Michell assembled, reconfigured and sequenced existing narratives, objects and miscellaneous personal artefacts in the act of writing a story which runs over three books.

Each book includes a collection of inserts that were printed on a Heidelberg GTO printing press for the duration of Vonna-Michell’s show at Halle fur Kunst, Luneburg, in November 2009. The sheets themselves relate to five key narratives, ranging from images, scripts, thumbnail indexation posters to performance transcriptions. The inserts are interspersed throughout the core story, set in the storage unit, in which Vonna-Michell shifts between objects, past texts and inserts – informing the logic and structure for the books.

Each subsequent book carries a portion of the pre-existent narratives on to the next stage of narration, in an act of perpetual re-editing and reinvention of the storylines and of the surrounding images, texts, and inserts, forming an intricate arrangement of physical and abstract entities. Though the three books can be read independently, as freestanding book-works, together they attempt to constitute a comprehensive whole, informing each other and expanding the narratives further back and inevitably – beyond their origins of historic facts, coincidences or autobiography.

The three-part publication is designed by Manuel Raeder in close dialogue with the artist. Each book is printed in a run of 500 copies. Size of each book: 21 x 26 cm (approx.), 80 pages.

The project is a collaboration between Kunsthalle Zürich, GAMeC–Galleria d‘Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Bergamo, Halle fur Kunst Luneburg e.V. and Fondazione Galleria Civica-Centro di Ricerca sulla Contemporaneità di Trento.

Due to be released in summer 2010.

(by Diana Kaur, via Newspaper Jan Mot)