Academic journal article Chicago Review

From WHAT ANDREAS BAADER SAID

Academic journal article Chicago Review

From WHAT ANDREAS BAADER SAID

Article excerpt

"SO GIVE ME THE MACHINE

GIVE ME THE MONEY

ABOVE ALL GIVE ME POLITICAL POWER"

in february 2003

a mexican man tries

to smuggle himself across the border to the u.s.

disguised as a car seat

the commentary to the monument

nobody's car trip

the state is awakened by violence every morning

somebody's assassination

images from the rest of the world

the map is everywhere

what has happened is archived

search tool, then "mexican + car seat"

the distance between here and there

is long since gone

the body contorts

sewn into the synthetic leather material

quiet, a single night

of inhuman form

sculptures are crushed

and move across the world

(iraq museum in bagdad looted)

unintentionally realized in kabul

adolf loos' dream

of heavy motorized vehicles

plowing down the streets

so the houses quake and façade

ornamentation crashes to the ground

(a dream for Vienna, but still)

petrifying glance

the world's myths calibrate

destruction and loss

a mexican man

fills up a second skin

and has an armrest for an arm

in sweeping gestures one can

grasp the terror in the world

in glimpses, now and then, one can see

how everything collapses

(to never be rebuilt)

and is built again at that very moment

the glance that petrifies is embarrassing

on the border between countries the body is discovered

by a newly awakened, laughing border patrol

a format that activates

holger mein s prose

in bo cavefors' translation

what is to be highlighted of raf:s action is

the conviction and the raw communication

the final prison texts convey

there are no capitals other than

THE PIGS and THE STRUGGLE GOES ON

an important word is written

war

material

together

for the others

a typographic consistency is applied

that is coherent with the political conviction

the writing conveys

and in its places is the same thing

as the meaning of the texts

that is to say structure and style

authority, energy, consumption

one can understand the image of the violence

but not exactly which (image of the violence)

to combine materials

within delineated bodies

and to combine bodies

as a fuel for the activity

to extend one's hand

a violent text

the book object is placed

against the elusive authority

of the human body

in a book beyond the book

an unbound dream which

takes shape (at) (in)

terracotta, realistic audience

the sculpture collections

"the mass is principally for revolt"

how is one to find the ways out necessary

for individual engagement

in this border intermezzo

to begin with the body

with the book and the image

to begin with what takes form

(to take form) and gives form (to give form)

the glance that petrifies

belongs to individual groupings

the mass is so large

it takes form and is formless, liquid

firm until it starts to be processed

to write on it, in it

this mass that is now written upon

what takes form and takes life

happens in another place

and is not discovered until on the border

between taxonomies

determined by ownership

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