The Book of Japans
Book, 17.7 cm x 11.2 cm, 192 p, language: English, publisher: Berlin: Sternberg Press, ISBN: 9781934105245.
Materials: ink, paper
Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2025/539).
A sustained speculative fiction envisioning possible future Japans, avoiding at all costs the "wooden tongue" of official discourse. On the Shetland Isles, twelve idiots who claim to have visited the future of Japan are questioned by twelve experts skeptical of their claims, but impressed by the fact that the idiots have successfully predicted the date of a major earthquake in Tokyo. By the end it's unclear who is "expert" and who is "idiot".
Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice
Momu’s work is concerned with making up, telling and re-telling stories. His work is "postproduction" in Nicolas Bourriaud's sense; it remakes existing narratives –in this case, jokes. He is “drawn to short forms”.
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Book Lovers 4.0 (Pop-up B...
28 January 2014 - 02 February 2014.
The Book Lovers presents the first (pop-up) bookstore specialized in artist novels. The bookstore will be hosted by De Appel and run by Buchh
The Preparation of the No...
18 July 2014 - 05 September 2014.
The Preparation of the Novel is the title of a new instalment in The Book Lovers project, which makes direct reference to Roland Barthes’ tra
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The Artist's Novel
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