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Roberto Bolano 2666

Amalfitano hangs an edition of Rafael Dieste’s "Testamento geométrico" out in his backyard.

 

“It’s odd that someone would hang a book out like a shirt,” he whispered.

“It was my father’s idea.”

 

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Unhappy Readymade

Duchamp conceived this work in April 1919 as a gift for his newlywed sister Suzanne and her husband, painter Jean Crotti. During a trip to Buenos Aires, Duchamp sent instructions to the couple in Paris to buy a geometry book and hang it by strings from their balcony.

 

As the artist explained, "The wind had to go through the book, choose its own problems, turn and tear out the pages."

 

The work was destroyed in the process of its making and is known only through a photograph taken, most probably, a few months after the book was installed outdoors.

 

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Testamento geométrico - Introducción a Euclides, Lobatchevski y Riemann - Los movimientos en Geometría

Rafael Dieste

Editorial: Ediciones del Castro, La Coruña, 1975

ISBN: 84-85134-07-9

 

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I waited several weeks before I found an old geometry book at the second hand book market in Rotterdam. This evening I recreated Amalfitano's "performance artwork" and Duchamp's "readymade".

 

I wonder how long it will last out along the highway.

 

My book is:

 

Report on Methods of Initiation into Geometry

edited by

Dr. H. Freudenthal

Subcommittee for the Netherlands of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction

120 p.

J.B. Wolters / Groningen

 

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