louis didn't know the half of it

"where are your chimneys?"

"what chimneys?"

"your chimneys"

"what about them?"

"well, where are they?"

"there aren't any."

"what d'you mean there aren't any? you gotta have chimneys"

"but there isn't a fire."

"what are you talking about fire for? it's chimneys we need!"

"but chimneys are for fires- why would you have a chimney without a fire?"

"oh, come on! you've got to have a chimney"

"hmm, i'm not so sure..."

"go on! and you better not have a fire with that chimney, cos there's washing on the line next door."


continuous curatorial conversations . venice 2011



blur building . swiss expo . yverdon les bains . 2oo2

the idea of nothingness

“What’s the good of Mercator’s North Poles and Equators,
 Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?”
So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply
 “They are merely conventional signs!
“Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
 But we’ve got our brave Captain to thank:
(So the crew would protest) “that he’s bought usthe best —
 A perfect and absolute blank!”

"The Hunting of the Snark"

An Agony in Eight Fits

Lewis Carroll

illustration Henry Holiday


variation on a theme