Announcement for a publication by Hans-Ulrich Schlumpf on Armand Schulthess who hung more than 1,000 inscribed panels in the trees and bushes of the 18,000 square meters of his chestnut woods in the Onsernone Valley in Ticino. Over a period of more than twenty years he transformed the woods into a philosophical garden that chronicled human knowledge and arranged it encyclopedically. Edition Patrick Frey
Comment by user Thomas Schlup: “Das Universum des Armand Schulthess im Onsernonetal. Ingeborg Lüscher hat uns etwas davon gerettet, Hans-Ulrich Schlumpf auch. Ein Buch ist daraus geworden. Der grosse Rest: Von verständnislosen Erben innert drei Tagen dem Erdboden gleichgemacht. In der Schweiz hat es keinen Platz für ‘Sonderlinge’. Was für ein garstiges Land.”
Yesterday I was musing on the fact that so many invitation cards use books in their design – whether it be images of book covers, photographs of real books, paintings or drawings of books, stacks of books, self made books, images from performances using books…..and then Daniel came in and I was explaining my idea to him and he mentioned that Christoph Schifferli, from whose personal collection a lot of the invitation cards in this exhibition come from, had himself planned an entire wall in the exhibition based around the concept of cards using printed matter – a nice serendipity. I was a little stricter in my choice though and only photographed cards using books, not printed matter in general.