Spirits And Objects
Josef Strau
Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2022, 198 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 16 × 23 cm, English
Price: €22

This publication assembles a selection of texts produced between the years 2005 and 2020, starting with The Non- Productive Attitude (2005), his prominent reflections on the anti-productive attitude in the Cologne art scene of the time. The experience of having to write the essay overnight within a few hours, and without any time for revision, triggered his interest in exploring forms of unintentional writing, and consequently the replacement of the intentional author by an unconscious writer / producer. This mode of automatic writing has manifested itself until today, and has become the core of Strau’s artistic practice.

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