WIE MAN IN DER ÖFFENTLICHKEIT PISST - Stefano Calligaro, Q.S. Serafin, Kurt Ryslavy and Noor Mertens
18 x 27cm, 2 x staple bound booklets, 140 pages, full colour printed, 2017
This book without title and cover is an unedited collection of e-correspondence between artists Stefano Calligaro, Q.S. Serafijn and Kurt Ryslavy on subjects such as the position of the artist within the art-system, how this relates to (un)productivity, dilettantism and professionalization, the structures and mechanisms of the art world and many other (ir)relevancies.
This book is not even one book. It’s in fact two booklets, which are not even booklets, you can call them what you want. It’s a raw collection of convictions/ doubts/ distrusts/ beliefs/ complaints and unedited grammar mistakes stapled together without any concession to the reader. As Paul Feyeraber said, “Without a constant misuse of language there cannot be any discovery, any progress”. What we did within its pages, is questioning the mechanics of the system we belong to and by doing so we instinctively questioned ourselves and our own position in society. Another doubt came along while editing its lines; I asked myself, what am I doing? I immediately thought editing wouldn’t have made any sense. It would have been stupid and useless. It would have only flattened and wiped away from the pages our own personalities. So I kept everything as it was online: rough, ungrammatical and dirty, one spontaneous reflection of who and what we are: Ignorance, visions and motivations: Me, Q.S, Kurt and Noor together between pages.” - Stefano Calligaro