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Jean–Baptiste Ganne (F)
Artist in residence, Jan –Jun 2005
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(Pierre Menard, autor del Quijote)

Thu Feb 2, 19.00

For the Incidental Project in agentur:, a red light will read in luminous morse code Pierre Menard′s version of ′Quijote′. Borges wrote in El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan, that the main work of this author was the rewriting of two and a half chapters of ′Quijote′. This red–light reading is a monologue facing the Witte de Withstraat. It is also a way to use the empty exhibition space as an amplifier. The white walls are only used for the reverberation of the light, and the shop windows open it to the street. The exhibition space becomes a tool for language instead of being the space to show. Linked to that experience, since the 31st of December 2005, from one of the windows of the TetteRode building on Da Costakade, the integrality of El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha of Cervantes is read in morse code. This continuous reading of the whole book will last one and a half months. As Borges says about Pierre Menard′s version, it′s shorter but ′more subtle′ – a reduction to the essential; this makes the agentur: version a subtle reduction of the reading going on at Da Costakade. Post Scriptum: And then, you may ask why ′Quijote′? Menard would answer: el ′Quijote′, aclara Menard, ″me interesa profundamente, pero no me parece ¿cómo lo diré? inevitable. ″

Jean–Baptiste Ganne (F) was artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2003–2004, and at agentur: from January to June 2005. His work has been shown recently at Ellen de Bruijne Projects and W139 in Amsterdam, Fotohof, Salzburg, Villa Arson, and Nice. He is invited as artist in residence to the villa Medici in Rome from April 2006.

With thanks to Maison Descartes