Launch — Artist Books by Peter Tillessen @ Corner College

Kodoji Press released two new artist books by Peter Tillessen and invites you to a book launch and a sci­entif­ic read­ing on Novem­ber 1st, 2012 at Corner Col­lege in Zurich…

40 Years of Nuc­le­ar Fis­sion looks like an old sci­entif­ic text­book that explains the ori­gins of nuc­le­ar fis­sion, illus­trated by cap­tiv­at­ing black and white pho­to­graphs of sculp­tur­al shapes. In fact the book is not an aca­dem­ic but per­son­al com­pil­a­tion by pho­to­graph­er Peter Tillessen. The 40 pho­to­graphs show excre­ments of the black-headed earth­worm, which aggress­ively ploughs through a cemetery in Zurich. The pic­tures of those fra­gile sculp­tures are con­tras­ted with parts from the detailed descrip­tions of nuc­le­ar fis­sion from the ori­gin­al book, a text by Dar­win that explains the work of earth­worms and a text by the artist, who describes his child­hood in the atom­ic age as a son of an atom­ic engin­eer. The num­ber 40 is in this com­pil­a­tion no acci­dent: Tillessen took the pic­tures on his –rainy– for­ti­eth birth­day for one of his best friends to pay off his debts from a bet – as he wasn’t a fath­er of a big fam­ily (like his fath­er) at the age of 40. That’s what he had pre­ten­ded to his friend at the age of 27. The design of the book in the book accen­tu­ates the bio­graph­ic­al fis­sion with­in the big con­text of the atom­ic age: par­tic­u­larly the way the pho­to­graph­er exam­ines the father’s book to reflect his own situ­ation and to become aware of the earth’s fra­gil­ity. At the end it’s all about evol­u­tion.”

“Dic­tat­ors is based on Peter Tillessen’s obser­va­tion, that the style of female pubes often resembles the mous­taches of politi­cians. Wheth­er the per­son­al is polit­ic­al or not, Tillessen drew 18 sketches in his Mole­skine, which are all rep­res­en­ted in this black and white Xer­ox-prin­ted book­let. The pub­lic­a­tion is housed in a white paper bag with a self-made potato stamp­ing by the artist and his daugh­ter.”


Corner Col­lege
Koch­strasse 1
CH-8004 Zürich

Novem­ber 1st, 2012 at 6pm