Inventory Arousal

The book reassembles a set of reference texts originally gathered during a live, transnational editorial performance. An associative lecture given by Hoff in Oslo, featuring hundreds of images and hours of artists’ video, was mirrored by Danny Snelson in Tokyo, via Skype, who simultaneously extracted and manipulated a massive body of previously compiled texts concerning key avant-garde figures, publications, works, and movements that Hoff discussed. These sources included artist interviews, book reviews, magazine articles, memooirs, stock lists and blog posts. Acting as a quasi-transcript of this joint performance, Inventory Arousal revals an unpredictable narrative formed along the predictable contours of collective history.

Inventory Arousal, Bedford Press/Architectural Association: London, 2011

with James Hoff

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