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Christoph Keller
JRP / Ringier, 2007 - Art - 284 pages
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Helen Mirra, born in 1970 in Rochester, New York, creates work from simple materials--including worn clothing and wood recovered from transportation palettes--at the intersection of influences including Arte Povera and Fluxus. She also writes, and for the past few years her writing has come in the form of indexes. Dislocated from a source text, the entries, lettered on long strips of cloth tape that resemble typewriter ribbons, unspool into the world at large. Like "clash, 247," her index to a volume of William James essays, this volume tracks words and ideas through John Dewey's "Reconstruction in Philosophy" (1920). If the original text, in this case, is largely about the conceptualization of ideas, Mirra's index is a materialization of conceptualization, under the auspices of a spare poetics. Mirra, who had a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2002 and participated in the 2003 Venice Biennale, also teaches at Harvard University.

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About the author (2007)

Christoph Keller, a Swiss novelist and playwright now living in New York, has published more than ten books in German, among them his bestselling memoir The Best Dancer, about his life with a disability. He is co-author, with Jan Heller Levi, of the forthcoming biography of Muriel Rukeyser. Keller is also currently working on a collection of short stories in English.

Lyn Hejinian is a poet and the author of "Writing Is an Aid to Memory" (1996), "The Cold of Poetry" (1994), "The Cell" (1992), and "My Life" (1987), among other books. She has taught at several universities and colleges and was the 1993 Roberta Holloway Lecturer in the Practice of Poetry at the University of California, Berkeley.

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