Sabine Breitwieser (ed.) for the Generali Foundation, Vienna 2001.
Preface by Dietrich Karner, introduction by Sabine Breitwieser, texts by Ruth Noack, Yvonne Volkart, Marina Abramovic, Eleanor Antin, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Ion Grigorescu, Lynn Hershman, Pierre Huyghe, Sanja Ivekovic, Elke Krystufek, Friedl Kubelka, David Lamelas, Anita Leisz, Linda Montano, Ria Pacquée, Philippe Parreno, Adrian Piper, Andy Warhol & New Media Projects.
Germ./Engl., 243 pages,131 color and 112 black-and-white illustrations, softcover
Who wouldn’t like to be someone else at times, to take one’s self off like a jacket and to put on another? In the publication of the exhibition double life international artists from very different generations present works in which the wish to assume another role is taken up. The differing strategies of imagining another subject could be termed eccentric, ironic or even utopian and critical. These extend from the widening of one’s own experiential horizon to the construction of a fictitious character. Beyond freely chosen identities personal history is still always perceptible. Thus the exhibits tell stories of wishes and desires but cannot make you forget the artists’ self.