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Glauber Rocha, “The Aesthetics of Hunger,” in Where to Sit at the Dinner Table? The Forest & the School, ed. and trans. Pedro Neves Marques (Berlin: Archive Books, 2014), pp. 202–8. Previously published as “Eztetyka da Fome,” Revista Civilização Brazileira 3 (July 1965), pp. 165–70.
Glauber Rocha, “The Aesthetics of Dreaming,” in Where to Sit at the Dinner Table? The Forest & the School, ed. and trans. Pedro Neves Marques (Berlin: Archive Books, 2014), pp. 209–14. Previously published as “Eztetyka do Sonho,” in Revolução do Cinema Novo (São Paulo: Cosac Naify, 2004), pp. 248–52. Originally presented as a lecture at Columbia University, New York, 1971.
Nairy Baghramian, “YSL / New Waves: Fragment from a Conversation.” Excerpt from “Room to Live,” interview by Jörg Heiser, Frieze, no. 131 (May 2010). Online: https://frieze.com/article/room-live.
Lisa Robertson, “The Middle.” Commissioned by documenta 14. Reprinted in 3 Summers (Toronto: Coach House, 2016).
Synnøve Persen, “Windless Path,” in poems / poemas, trans. Gerd Bjørhovde (Kárášjohka: CálliidLágádus, 2016). Originally published in Norwegian as Vindløs sti (Ikkaldas, Porsanger: Idut, 1992).
Cecilia Vicuña, “Language Is Migrant.” An earlier version of this text was first published by Poetry Foundation. Online: www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2016/04/language-is-migrant/.
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The Death of Cattelan
A Story in Stereo
There is a goal, but there is no way.
Leah, my wife, was elegant yet warm. She always smelled of sex. Leah was a brilliant art consultant.
A Nomadic Lifestyle
Leah solved art´s thorniest problems to ensure its success. She had a gift. I say this without irony. Art has numerous problems. Hence, Leah was rarely home.
Maurizio Cattelan´s Protégé in Belgium and the Congo
Artist Hans Boots was to create a piece in Brussels, but he chose to do it in the upper reaches of the Congo; added to it some pygmies. Fun!
Fifteen art celebs flew in a Gulfstream G150 aircraft to preview the piece, among them Cattelan and Leah. Why Leah was invited is unclear.
Remains of the plane were discovered two weeks after it disappeared. There were no search efforts. People were certain that the vanishing was just an art ploy.
Scatter and Converge
Charred body parts were scattered over miles. Three of the corpses were mashed into one mass of meat pulp.
Still, some were missing, among them two shady Russians, supposedly young artists, and art mogul Gerta Fort, rumored to have ties with both the CIA and the Russian mafia.
Leah, Hans, and Cattelan were still missing as well. Conspiracy theories popped up.
Maurizio Cattelan was found twice. First, they recovered his headless body, skewered on a branch of a gigantic baobab tree.
The Head (1)
Cattelan´s head was found three days later by the very same pygmies Hans had abused in his art, near their village, fifty miles away from the corpse.
The Head (2)
An ebony pipe was rooted deep in Cattelan´s left ear, but other than that, the head was impeccable.
The Wish for a Relic
The pygmies claimed Cattelan´s head smelled like flowers. They wanted to keep it. The appeal was denied.
Hans, the two Russians, Gerta and Leah remain unfound. Oh, agony! I neither know what to feel and think, nor how to act.
What we call the way is only wavering.