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Anna Barham @ Chelsea Space
12 May 2021 - 30 July 2021
p- ool- s o-f t- he ou- t- l- ine- s incorporates a score titled Knives (2017), collaboratively produced by Anna Barham through computer and human reading processes. The score contains over a hundred versions of a short passage from Vampyroteuthis Infernalis, by the Brazilian Czech-born philosopher, writer and journalist, Vilém Flusser. The book presents a speculative investigation of the vampire squid to consider human and non-human life and in the passage Barham has extracted, Flusser uses the knife as a metaphor to describe how human reason cuts through the world.
At Chelsea Space, the score is presented as posters, pasted onto the glass from the inside, trapping objects between the text and the glass which — together with vinyl images applied on the outside of the window — distort, annotate and punctuate the words.