Attuning One Book

by Susanne Kriemann



15 minutes, 51 seconds duration
Performed by the artist and Cia Rinne, with birdsong recordings from the Tierstimmenarchiv (Animal Sound Archive) at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin selected by Dr Karl-Heinz Frommolt

The analytical bibliographer charts the movements of books through time and space. Each copy of an edition makes its own journey, like a migrating bird. Only in the painstaking, scholarly work of bibliography is the homecoming of an entire edition possible.

A copy of ‘Vögel vor der Kamera’ — birds on camera — is disbound. Artist Susanne Kriemann overprints the loose pages with large letterpress type. The letters H, O, M, E — one letter per page — repeated throughout the book’s 150 leaves. As the press is operated, a text is read aloud:

I wish I knew where home was, or what home was …

Susanne Kriemann was born in Erlangen, Germany in 1972

Text by Cia Rinne
Includes extracts from ‘Flight: A Single Scattering of Thoughts on Books, Homing Devices, and the Printer’s Plight’ (2009) by Dieter Roelstraete
Edited by Hans Bramm
Artwork by Susanne Kriemann
Adapted from a live performance given during ‘Homecomings: Projective Space’ (2015), curated by Cassandra Edlefsen Lasch and Annabelle von Girsewald
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