thomas struth “the smith family” 1989

thomas ruff “p.grote” 1986

Noi.se Magazine #28
Photographer: Greg Adamski
Model: Ola Podgórska

Paul Klee 
Growth of the Night Plants

Robert Filliou

Optimistic Box N°1, 1968

Object, 11 x 11 x 11 cm.

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. M00006).
Other works and editions that afford an enlightening peek into a world structured by such an anarchic sense of humor are the so-called “Optimistic Boxes”, the first of which, from the fabled year 1968, contains a pavement stone: an inscription on the outside of Optimistic Box Nr. 1 (1968) reads “thank God for modern weapons”, countered by an inscription that states “we don’t throw stones at each other anymore” – yet the paving stone was effectively that year’s most popular weapon. Optimistic Box n°2 from 1969 contains Filliou’s scathing view of modern marriage; yet another, later work, A More Curious Invention of the Gaga Yogi (1976) consists of a box containing hundreds of thumbnails inside, and sporting one lonely, hammered nail outside. Optimistic Box N°3 “So much the better if you can’t play chess” on the outside and “You won’t imitate Marcel Duchamp” on the inside. Optimistic Box N° 4 and 5 is one object, it is about the overall importance of money. The object is a pink piggy bank, on the one side is written “one thing I learned since I was born” on the other side : “that I must die since I was born”.

Atelier Derneburg 1986

A Romper Filas
Elle Mexico October 2012
Photographer: Alexander Neumann

Oleg Videnin

Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), ‘Coucou Bazar’, 1973,  performance, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Debbie Harry
Interview Magazine March 2014
photographer: Gregory Harris

far and wide: mica in my house, kyoji takahashi for purple no. 4, winter ‘99-00

1994 ph. Ronald Stoops

"It doesn’t make me nervous that we’ll become extinct, it doesn’t frighten me at all. There is a wonderful thing that Martin Luther the reformer said when he was asked, “What would you do if the world would disappear tomorrow in the apocalypse?” And Luther said, “Today, I would plant an apple tree.”"

Werner Herzog