Artist book: Archives of absence, archives of presence

Concept & design: Sibylle Eimermacher / Martin Brandsma
Texts: Katalin Herzog, Tijs Goldschmidt
Language: English
Size: 31 x 24 cm
Cover: Silkscreen print on grayboard, 2 pergamine bags with 14 pictures included
Booklets: 4, full colour, 40 pages
Edition: 80, stamped numbers
Price: € 80 (incl. VAT)
Published: October 2018

[…] When Darwin studied the Principles of Geology by Charles Lyell on his travels with the Beagle, he made the leap from ‘geology’ to ‘biology’. Lyell showed that landscapes and seascapes do not remain the same for ever and ever but, on the contrary, are constantly changing under the influence of geophysical forces. Seabeds were pushed upwards over time to form mountain ranges like the Andes. While walking there, Darwin encountered fossilized organisms such as shellfish and fish. It dawned on him that if seabeds weren’t static but changed into mountains on the mainland, something similar should apply to the organisms that lived there. Species were no more static than the landscape, they evolved. – Tijs Goldschmidt

[…] In his book Consilience, The Unity of Knowledge Edward O. Wilson employs the splendid metaphor of the individual human brain as an ‘enchanted loom’. The brain is “perpetually weaving an image of the external world, tearing down and reweaving, inventing other worlds, creating a miniature universe”. The communal mind of societies similarly weaves a culture, according to Wilson. The sciences and the arts both work on this fabric. But Wilson also points to the differences in the functions of the disciplines. The sciences provide the mapping of the external world and the arts produce stories, images and rhythms. Even though they differ from each another, together they are able to explain our origin and nature, and thus offer an image of the human condition that has continued to develop from the beginning of the genetic evolution to the present day. […] – Katalin Herzog