The Federal - An artwork reader. Issue #1
Jonas Žakaitis, Aurime Aleksandraviciute, eds.
- Tulips & Roses, Brussels
- 32 p.
The Federal wants to establish a new closeness to the artwork. The work is set free from its designated role of case-study. Without providing an explanation for it, and giving up on the traditional critical essay at the beginning of the traditional artist’s catalogue, texts surround the piece (literally: the image of the work, in this case, Compass by Gintaras Didžiapetris is in the centre spread, and there it stands, alone) eventually, and very indirectly, helping readers to inform their oint of view on that very work. Particularly illuminating on this relation with the object and on the impossibility of providing for it any definitive description is the interview with philosopher Graham Harman. “Metaphor requires a certain tension, a mixed proximity and distance between two things.”