Whereabouts Unknown by Simen J. Helsvig
Published by Hour Editions (2013)
Whereabouts Unknown is a work which originated as a lecture performance. The text takes as its subject a photograph taken by Hollis Frampton of a sculpture made by Carl Andre. But in this case ‘taken’ and ‘made’ are interchangeable, and the two works, the photograph and the sculpture, are one and the same. By way of a discussion of 19th century copyright laws and the figure of the doppelgänger, the essay is an attempt to think along with the contradictions inherent in that particular photograph, which runs through the book in a double gesture of continuity and multiplication. A meditation on a multitemporal instant, it is the writer’s suggestion of how to think photographically.