Der Einzige und sein Eigentum (The Ego and Its Own)
The Goethe-Institut New York hosts an evening with Berlin-based German poet and conceptual artist Michalis Pichler, presented by Forever & Today, Inc. The evening features a reading, with a slide show and musical performance, the U.S. launch of Pichler’s artist book, Der Einzige und sein Eigentum (The Ego and Its Own), 2009, published by his Berlin imprint “greatest hits,” and Forever & Today, Inc.’s newly commissioned limited edition Chinese translation book cover and glossary.
Michalis Pichler works conceptually, often in series and with vernacular material, while in the "greatest hits" series he appropriates historical and contemporary predecessors. Internationally known for his conceptual work in text, image, object, and sound, Pichler appropriates Max Stirner’s original 1844 publication, Der Einzige und sein Eigentum (The Ego and Its Own), to create a new vision of this classic manifest of individual anarchism. In his version of the book, Pichler has edited the source text down to include first-person-pronouns only. As the author and theorist Craig Dworkin writes of Pichler’s work, "The most abstract, conceptual gestures must always be embodied. Here then is conceptual art as confessional lyric, the spirit and the letter, the flesh made word."
Following a reading by Pichler from Der Einzige und sein Eigentum (The Ego and Its Own), the event culminates in a short musical performance, where a musical score derived from the book will be played on an antique organ. A paper sheet roll with "notes" taken from the text forms the score, and is rotated inside the instrument to create sound. Pichler will also sign copies of Der Einzige und sein Eigentum (The Ego and Its Own) during the subsequent reception.
Michalis Pichler (b. 1972, Berlin, Germany) graduated as an Architect from the Technical University Berlin (2000) and in Fine Arts/Sculpture from the Art School Berlin-Weißensee (2004). Pichler has recently performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, Macedonia (2010); Stichting Perdu, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2010); Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany (2009); and MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2009). Pichler’s solo exhibitions include Revolver, Frankfurt, Germany (2007) and Printed Matter, New York (2006). Group exhibitions include Kimmerich, New York (2010); FAX, an Independent Curators International (iCI) touring exhibition to: The Drawing Center, New York; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland; Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong; and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (2009-2010); Alterna y Corriente, Mexico City, Mexico (2009); Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey (2009); and others. Pichler has published books with Revolver, centre national de l'édition et de l'art imprimé (cneai), Printed Matter, AGRA Publications, and under his own imprint "greatest hits". He has contributed to publications including Basso, Fillip, and The Newspaper, and his work has been featured in The Journal and The New York Times, on ubu.com, and numerous radio and television programs. He is co-founder of the annual artist book fair, miss read at KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2009, 2010) and will be in Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, Long Island City (November 5-7, 2010). For more information visit: buypichler.com.
Forever & Today, Inc. is a non-profit that is a sponsored organization of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501(c)(3). Currently inhabiting a 100 square foot storefront on the cusp between New York’s Lower East Side and Chinatown, Forever & Today, Inc. is a mere thumbprint on the ever-expanding demographic of contemporary art, offering a unique set of circumstances for artists to create new work and engage the public. Co-Directors Ingrid Chu and Savannah Gorton formed a curatorial partnership in 2008 to found Forever & Today, Inc. As an organization with no fixed identity and a playful sensibility, projects may take the form of exhibitions, site-specific installations, publications, editions, and public programs that focus on a collaboration with a single artist, collective, or collaborative entity. For more information visit: foreverandtoday.org.