First you have to prove it to me Das müssen Sie mir erst einmal beweisen
Item date(s): February 2021
- (book artist) Heiko Michael Hartmann
- (author) Titus Oates
Medium: Enduro ice-paper Pages: 12pp Size: 630mm Collation: 12 envelopes, each 25 x 34cm Binding: Hinged slipcase in two colors, pasted with Efalin-paper and embossed title made by Buchbinderei Mergemeier in Dusseldorf. Technique: Photograms; Letterpress from polymer plates Language: English; German Inscription: Signed by the artist Edition: #3/38
Place publication: Karlsruhe, Germany Publisher: The artist Exhibition 2022
Additional notes: "In the spring of 2020, as the coronavirus spread first in China, then in Italy and finally across the entire globe, touching off a worldwide pandemic, more and more conspiracy theories also sprang up about the origin and spread of the virus. Social media and news networks played a major role in this; the established audiovisual and print media were vilified as “fake news,” and replaced by “alternative” sources. In this book 24 original black-and-white or color photograms are displayed opposite two texts. One is an original short story by H.M. Hartmann written specifically for this edition, about a present-day conspiracy theorist, and the other excerpts Titus Oates’ publication on the Popish Plot of 1679. Two photograms are laminated and stitched inside an envelope made of transparent paper and printed continuously with excerpts from the two texts. All twelve envelopes are stored in a hinged slipcase, a construction consisting of two interlocking slipcases that open to a 90-degree angle so the sheets can be removed. This somewhat labyrinthine form not only corresponds to the folding of the individual layers, but also mirrors the thoughts of a conspiracy theorist, erratic and resistant to logical arguments."
Reference note: 24 original b/w and colour photograms on Ilford Multigrade Deluxe, Formaspeed and Fuji Crystal Archive laminated on Colorplan Ebony and Colorplan Bright White.
Heiko Michael Hartmann wrote his text "Reiner Wein (Pure Wine)" in June 2020 for this edition.
Titus Oats published his report "A True Narrative of the Horrid Plot and Conspiracy of the Popish Party" in April 1679.
Additional material: Translation and transcription of the texts plus separate colophon including a photogram.
Edition: 38 Arabic numbered copies and 6 Roman numbered copies.
Encased in a grey archival wrap-around box with ties.
Idea, design, photograms, printing and binding by the artist.
Exhibition notes: Creative Research: The Artists’ Books of Veronika Schäpers, Robbin Ami Silverberg and Julie Chen JBCBA, WAM