Frankfurt: Edition Suhrkamp, 1969. Softcover 8vo in laminated black and white pictorial wrappers inside a yellow dust jacket. Unpaginated.
An artists’ book created by Kriwet while in America documenting the 8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes, and 35 second moon launch of Apollo 11 in 1969. Profusely illustrated, this day-by-day journal contains texts, newspaper articles, travel forms, photographs, sounds, advertisements, illustrations, diagrams, concrete poems, collages, radio transmissions, and television footage all relating to the Apollo moon project. Part commentary on American culture and media, and part artists’ book, Kriwet obliterates the boundaries between, sight, sound, and culture of the late 1960’s. Reading this book is information overload, but in a very controlled way. The dos-à-dos binding further underscores the barrage that is American media, creating two distinct yet overlapping narratives surrounding this historic event. Somewhat reminiscent of Marshall McLuhan’s 1967 book ‘The Medium is the Massage’, but more artful and poetic in its execution.
Very good with a reading crease along spine, small diagonal fold line to bottom tip of front cover, trace amounts of age toning throughout, and a German remainder stamp to bottom edge of text block. Dust jacket very good with trace amounts of rubbing and wear along extremities. Item #294