Ephemerality is one of goddess Metis' major traits. However, when she, the one without an attachment to a place, intrudes into foreign locations at the very right moment—as it is her practice—she is entangled with memory and acuteness. The moment she infiltrates established relative strengths, a continuity is introduced to an existing time—the intruder's extraneousness causes a rupture. She is familiar with narratitvity.
"Metis in Space" is a collage of texts that deal with the body and the space surrounding it. In a subjective and fragmentary way they explore the question of how the spaces in which we seem to be at home, but determined by hierarchical structures, can be something that belongs to us. Can a given order be ruptured by something common, something shared, a form of memory? Stories and myths that penetrate a spatial structure and, with a practical intelligence in everyday use, are able to change a balance of power. Ideas, then, of physical space extended by an imaginary one.
The reader will encounter feasts on top of sarcophagai, hear about the appropriation of the third dimension and architecture of the fourth dimension, take a walk along the Via Ostiense in Rome accompanied by Pier Paolo Passolini and St. Paulus, join myth making with the Italian writing collective Wu Ming, witness Constant meeting Bruno Latour and Henri Lefebvre as they are facing public fences in Hamburg, Germany; the naming of the planets and labyrinthine causing vertigo.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Auflauf der Fassaden, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, 2013, curated by Rebekka Seubert, Gina Fischli and Susanne Stroh.
Christiane Blattmann is a sculptor living in Hamburg and Brussels and is a founding member of Montez Press.
Format: 174 × 236 mm
Binding: Perfect bound