Anecdoted Topography of Chance by Daniel SpoerriArguably the most important and entertaining artists book of the post-war period, An Anecdoted Topography of Chance here appears in its definitive edition to date. A unique collaborative work by artists associated with the Fluxus and Nouveau Realisme movements, Spoerris topography maps the objects lying at random on the table in his room, adding a rigorously scientific description of each -- which in turn evoke associations, memories, anecdotes, from the author as well as from his friends. Many of the principals of Fluxus make appearances (and texts by Higgins, Jouffroy, Kaprow, Restany, and Tinguely are included). The Anecdoted Topography becomes a novel of digressions in the manner of Tristam Shandy or Robbe-Grillet; its a game, a poem, an encyclopedia, a cabinet of wonders: and a celebration of friendship and creativity.
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Although his father, Isaac Feinstein , had converted from Judaism to Christianity  , after Romania entered the War on the side of Nazi Germany he was arrested and killed in His mother, born Lydia Spoerri , was Swiss and was therefore able to emigrate with her family of 6 children to Switzerland in There, he was adopted by his maternal uncle Professor Theophil Spoerri and registered as Daniel Spoerri, a name he has retained. In the s he was active in dance, studying classical dance with Olga Preobrajenska and in becoming the lead dancer at the State Opera of Bern , Switzerland. During that period he met a number of Surrealist artists, including Jean Tinguely , Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray , and also a number of artists subsequently associated with the Fluxus movement, including Robert Filliou , Dieter Roth and Emmett Williams.
Following a rambling conversation with his friend Robert Filliou, Daniel Spoerri one day mapped the objects lying at random on the table in his room, adding a rigorously scientific description of each.
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It is a maquette for a realisation of the dream that human intelligence might take any fragment of the world and reconstruct the universe from the evidence it provides. What is the Topography? Hard to explain an idea so simple yet so brilliantly executed. Following a rambling conversation with his dear friend Robert Filliou, Daniel Spoerri one day mapped the objects lying at random on a table in his room, adding a rigorously scientific description of each. These objects subsequently evoked associations, memories, anecdotes, not only from the original author, but from his friends as well: a beguiling creation was born, and each time a new edition of the book appeared it grew larger and more elaborate.
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