They copy papers haphazardly, everything they find, tobacco pouches, old newspapers, posters, torn books, etc. (real items and their imitations. Typical of each category).

Then, they feel the need for a taxonomy. They make tables, antithetical oppositions such as "crimes of the kings and crimes of the people"--blessings of religion, crimes of religion. Beauties of history, etc.; sometimes, however, they have real problems putting each thing in its proper place and suffer great anxieties about it.

--Onward! enough speculation! Keep on copying! The page must be filled. Everything is equal, the good and the evil. The farcical and the sublime--the beautiful and the ugly--the insignificant and the typical, they all become an exaltation of the statistical. There are nothing but facts--and phenomena.

Final bliss.


--one of Gustave Flaubert's possible endings for his novel Bouvard and Pécuchet (1881), as cited by Douglas Crimp, "On the Museum's Ruins," The Anti-Aesthetic, Essays on Postmodern Culture, ed. Hal Foster (Port Townsend, Washington: Bay Press, 1983): 48.
PHOTO: Hanne Darboven, Urzeit/Uhrzeit (Primitive Time/Clock Time), 1988 (detail).






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