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An anecdoted topography of chance

An anecdoted topography of chance / Daniel Spoerri ; with the help of Robert Filliou ; translated from the French, and further anecdoted by Emmet Williams ; enriched with still further anecdotations by Dieter Roth ; with 100 reflective illustrations by Topor.
Spoerri, Daniel, 1930-
London : Atlas Press, [1995], ©1995.

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Additional Authors
  • Filliou, Robert.
  • Williams, Emmett.
  • Roth, Dieter, 1930-1998.
241 pages, 1 unnumbered folded leaf : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits; 23 cm.
  • An Anecdoted Topography of Chance is arguably the most important and entertaining "Artist's Book" of the post-war period. This edition is the definitive appearance to date of a unique collaborative work by four artists associated with the FLUXUS and Nouveau Realisme movements, and is substantially larger than the three previous versions published in France, the USA and Germany.
  • What is the Topography? Hard to explain an idea so simple yet so brilliantly executed. Following a rambling conversation with his dear friend Robert Filliou, Daniel Spoerri one day mapped the objects lying at random on the table in his room, adding a rigorously scientific description of each. These objects subsequently evoked associations, memories, anecdotes; not only from the original author, but from his friends as well: a beguiling creation was born.
  • Many of the principal participants of FLUXUS make an appearance (and texts by Higgins, Jouffroy, Kaprow, Restany, and Tinguely are included, among others). It is a novel of digressions in the manner of Tristram Shandy or Robbe-Grillet; it's a game, a poem, an encyclopaedia, a cabinet of wonders: a celebration of friendship and creativity.
  • The Topography personifies (and pre-dates) the whole FLUXUS spirit and constitutes one of the strangest and most compelling insights into the artist's life. From out of the banal detritus of the everyday a virtual autobiography emerges: of four perceptive, witty and eloquent members of the human species.
Series Statement
Atlas arkhive ; 4
Uniform Title
Atlas arkhive ; 4.
  • Includes index.
0947757880 (pbk.)
  • 37277352
  • ocm37277352
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Columbia University Libraries