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Daily Manual - How to load a Zoé Tati art work

by Charlie Bonheur and Susan Horsens, Vaterpas Research Institute

It is hard to talk concretely about Zoé Tati's work of art, because her subject is, so often, aesthetic consciousness - what she calls "the re-imagined of the lost and found”. On the one hand, the works have the dashed-off look and feel of pop culture-inflected postmodernism, inspired by the radical innovations of Dada and French Surrealism. On the other hand, at their heart is a kind of high Romantic yearning for wholeness: In a sense the works are simply about being unable to give up that longing. At the center of a Zoé Tati work isn't usually a subject (à la Galina Walls) but a feeling (à la Jackson Pollock). That feeling is conjured up by the interplay between aesthetic conviction and amiably bland bewilderment; amid all the flotsam and jetsam of everyday life is the enduring hope that, as she puts it, "at last I shall see my family complete." The best thing to do, then, is not to try to understand the work but to try to take pleasure from their arrangement, the way you feel when you’re just walking around. It's only then, for some viewers, that the meaning begins to leak through.

About the Vaterpas:
The Vaterpas Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that features the Vaterpas Institute, the Vaterpas Foundation, the Vaterpas Museum, and the Vaterpas Research Institute. The Vaterpas Trust and Vaterpas programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Vaterpas Center in Copenhagen and the Vaterpas Villa in Ll. Elmue.

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22.2.07 # zoe tati

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a loud hurrray for the vaterpas endeavour !
at last an institution with splendid "grandeur".

my warmest regard to charlie and susan;
Hinter schwedische gardinen

Sieht man sich wie man sich auf einer Bühne sehen würde,
während man für jemand auftritt. Doch für wen? Ah, gerade das ist es.
Man muß die Manieren haben, und das Ausdruck, das von etwas Geheimnisvollem kommt.
Reicht nicht. Aber dieses »reicht nicht« darf nicht wie eine Livree getragen werden. Was da steht kann man nicht auf französisch sagen.

Christoffer Scheinwerfer
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