2/4 color print
Compagnia/ Fondazione Ratti/ Motto Books
I was very much looking forward to meeting you all in Como and to spend our time together there, but unfortunately, due to the status of my application for a green card, I am currently not allowed to leave the United States and I will therefore not be able to come to Como in time. I am still hoping that the permission comes in time, I am basically ready to leave in any moment. But I have to consider what to do if it isn’t possible and develop a plan B for my attendance in the workshop. I hope you understand, and that we can make the best of this situation that will surely remain to feel weird and abstract, but hopefully also brings with it something that makes sense for our concept of squiggles and causal loops, time warps and spatial gaps.
My proposal is called traveling guide, and we will communicate over distance like you communicate over email or telephone, so that distance is a means of production. I will build up a kind of satellite station in my studio here in Cambridge from where I can connect to you in Como via internet. I imagine an ongoing exchange and sharing process, that is not always immediate and direct, but that lingers between fore- and background and through which material will be crossing the ocean continuously. The space and time differences will add to the production a sense of their own realities and will be included into the concept rather than bridged. Regarding the various site visits that you will be doing in and around Como, I’m proposing a site visit over distance, a travel guide in retrospect, that will be produced in collaboration with you and from the material that you share with me. I suggest that I will make a parallel production of the physical publication over distance, working with you in a feedback loop. Over the time of working together with you, the concept will grow more concrete. But for a start I am thinking of a few outlines: Thinking weather within a different weather times at the same time (2 different times of the day meet each other); Invisible Cities. and in the sense of Calvino: an imaginary dialogue or travel description, and the ways it will wander.
- Nora Schultz
Contributors: Ei Arakawa, Ilan Bachl, Lorenzo Benedetti, Pietro Bonfanti, Marc Buchy, Letizia Calori & Violette Maillard, Amos Cappuccio, Cerith Wyn Evans, Nikolas Gambaroff, Daniel Jablonski, Stefan Klein, Kasper König, Wes Lario, Laura Leppert, Douna Lim & Théo Pesso, Gregorio Magnani (Ed.), Edoardo Manzoni, Michael Sven Meier, Tomás Nervi, Deirdre O'Leary, Annie Ratti, Nora Schultz, Alan Segal, Heidi Specker, Paulo Wirz, Eleni Wittbrodt
Only those who speak in hindsight, would say they could have predicted this. He sped passed her, and when he turned around she had disappeared into the cloud. Prior to the storm, there were only a few small horizontal clouds. They moved slowly, and what surrounded them was only the light blue sky.