The Exquisite Corpse of August Nordenskiöld
Goldin+Senneby & Kim Einarsson (Eds.)
In the ancient art of alchemy, some elements can change to other states of matter while others cannot—at least not without magic and a touch of trickery. Eighteenth -century Utopian alchemist August Nordenskiold, whose goal was to create gold from inferior metals in order to permanently abolish the tyranny of money, caught the attention of Stockholm-based collaborative artists, Goldin+Senneby and inspired their project, The Exquisite Corpse of August Nordenskiöld, which explores juridical, financial and spatial constructs in performative and virtual projects. This petite book borrows from the surrealist parlor game cadavre exquis in that each of the book’s seven essays, written in turn by a historian of ideas, a sociologist of finance, a literary and cultural historian, a stage magician, an artist, an anthropologist and a poet—responds directly to the preceding essay only. The magic is in the discovery of a storyline performed in near darkness—with little knowledge of what came before and even less of what will follow. Contributions by Ronny Ambjörnsson, Mara Lee, Donald MacKenzie, Malin Nilsson, Mary Poovey, Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Michael Taussig.
5 x 7 ½ in. / 154 pp
1 b&w and 8 color
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