Brief histories of cleaning
Book, 20.3 x 12.6 cm, 194 p, publisher : MÅNGATA BOOKS (Diversions Publishing), ISBN : 9781500664718.
Materials: Ink, paper
Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2026/632).
For a year, Peter Lemmens cleaned his computer’s keyboard with a novel. As result: a narrative layer over an illegible text.
Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice
As part of his artistic practice, Peter Lemmens has been publishing small press editions. These publications often invoke different readings. Peter Lemmens sees amateurism as a productive mode. Here the accidental is installed as a narrative structure. For about a year, an indecipherable, ficitional language was produced by cleaning a computer’s keyboard. However, this mundane action is still legible as amateruristic writing. It simply demands a different set of parameters to read it, a system slightly apart from regular fiction.
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The Book Lovers
The Book Lovers is a research project on the phenomenon of the artist's novel curated by David Maroto and Joanna Zielińska. The central quest