Title: Martin Papcún. Buildings/Spaces
Texts: Christine Nippe, Petr Rezek
Editor: František Zachoval
Hardback, 16 x 22,5 cm, English/German, 160 pages
The 1st edition. Berlin 2015
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The book Martin Papcún. Buildings/Spaces surveys of the previous decade of the artist’s work. Essays by Christine Nippe and Petr Rezek supplement the survey of works and broaden the perspective on Papcún.
Papcún’s research-based practice is informed by his long-term interest in relationships, definitions of private and public space and the gaps between them. Works presented in the book examine the differences between communication systems — those of states, nations, subcultures and individuals, and their own languages — and systematically interprets broad socio-political systems.
The introductory essay, How to feel and touch the space written by the curator and researcher Christine Nippe focuses on contextualising aspects of Papcún’s work, such as themes of remembering and experiencing, in relation to the work of cultural anthropologist Ulf Hannerz, cultural theorist Aleida Assmann, and sociologist Maurice Halbwachs.
The Czech phenomenologist philosopher and art theorist Petr Pezek contributed three essays to the book: An enlarged violin is not a viola, The ruins of a fortress and Memory as a periscope through time. The common element of these texts is that of refined analysis which has a high literary quality at the same time. While he is well known in the Czech Republic, this will be one of the first times that texts of Rezek’s have been translated and published in English and in German.
We are especially grateful for the close cooperation and support of Martin Papcún, Christine Nippe, Petr Rezek, Kathrin Janka, Andrea Lerner, and Lucy Duggan. Without their personal involvement this book would not have been possible. Our thanks go to Michaela Labudová who was responsible for the graphic design. All texts were very carefully proofread by Rebecca Bligh, Sven Scheer, Hana Janečková and Zuzana Jürgens.