Attuning One Book

by Susanne Kriemann

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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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