|Endless Installation: A Ghost
Story For Adults (Encounters, Questions, Collaboration)
Public Space With A Roof
At SMART Project Space, Amsterdam
March 21 – April 26, 2009
Public Space With A Roof (PSWAR) is Tamuna Chabashvili (1978, Tbilisi, Russia) Adi Hollander (1976, Brussels, Belgium) and Vesna Madzoski (1976, Zajecar, Yugoslavia) They live and work in Amsterdam. “Public Space With A Roof was founded in 2003 as an artists’ initiative
About the project:
…we decided to create a spatial confrontation between the work of three individuals who have made the strongest impact on us and who became our primary sources of inspiration: Frederick Kiesler, Aby Warburg and Meir Agassi. As these persons lived through three different periods of time and were from distinct geographic locations, and had never met ‘in real life’, our project became a fictional meeting point for their individual ‘universes’.
CFPR loaned its collection of artists’ books by Meir Agassi to PSWAR for the project, for research and interpretation, this is an excerpt from the SMART Papers Endless Installation: A Ghost Story For Adults:
of his life in Bristol, UK, leaving behind
a complex body of work that has only recently been discovered and appreciated. The specific language he developed in his last years came from
his own ‘schizophrenia’ and the impossibility of expressing himself in a united body of work as one artist. To solve this, he created The Meir Agassi
Museum® which hosted the work of various fictional artists, each representing different aspects of questions he was interested in, as well as the
various ghosts inhabiting his mind. This way, he urges us to re-examine the common definitions of the author and authorship. In his questions, we
found the best expression for the questions we wanted to touch upon in this project: “How to bring together fragments of different idioms? How to be
able to work differently and with different conditions under one roof? How to bridge the impossible gap between the incomprehensible, strange,
incoherent, muddled, disjointed, disoriented, obscure, diverse, incomplete, lost fragments of the past and the incomprehensible, strange, incoherent,
muddled, disjointed, disoriented, obscure, diverse, incomplete, lost fragments of the present?”
(Agassi, Meir. Some Notes Toward The Meir Agassi Museum®, Special edition of 50 copies, November 1995, p.9).
Naomi Aviv is the editor of the book The Jar from Tennessee – 50 articles on international art and artists written by the late author, poet and artist Meir Agassi.
For more information on PSWAR, and Endless Installation: A Ghost Story For Adults, see the website www.pswar.org where you can also download the Smart Paper with texts on this project.