After Walter Benjamin, 2018; a collection of seven books: Goethe, Faust; Jean-Jacques Rousseau, About Art; Donald Fanger, Dostoevsky and Romantic Realism; Franz Kafka, The Castle; Thomas Mann, Novels; The Universal Standard Encyclopedia and Ernst Zahn, Die Liebe des Severin Imboden, pages of Playboy magazines; plexiglass, epoxy, dimensions variable.
AFTER WALTER BENJAMIN
One-Way Street and Other Writings, Walter Benjamin, 1928, Chapter 68: "I. Books and harlots can be taken to bed. II. Books and harlots interweave time. They command night as day, and day as night. III. Neither books nor harlots show that minutes are precious to them. But closer acquaintance shows what a hurry they are in. As our interest becomes absorbed, they too are counting. IV. Books and harlots have ever been unhappily in love with each other. V. Books and harlots— both have their type of man, who both lives off and harasses them. In the case of books, critics. VI. Books and harlots are public establishments— for students. VII. Books and harlots— seldom does one who has possessed them witness their end. They are apt to vanish before they expire. VIII. Books and harlots are fond of recounting, mendaciously, how they became what they are. In reality they did not often notice it themselves. For years one follows “the heart” wherever it leads, and one day a corpulent body stands soliciting on the spot where one had lingered merely to “study life”. IX. Books and harlots love to turn their backs when putting themselves on show. X. Books and harlots have a large progeny. XI. Books and harlots— “Old bigots— young whores”. How many books were once notorious that now serve as instruction for youth. XII. Books and harlots have their quarrels in public. XIII. Books and harlots— footnotes in one are as banknotes in the stockings of the other".