RUISDAEL ARTIST BOOK
“There is such a spontaneous but rich dialogue between image and sound that I sometimes forget which come first, as an idea. Did I actually ‘see’ the image before? Or did the idea that it would resonate come because I had a sound in mind that made me recognize it as an image?”—Armin Lorenz Gerold in conversation with Lori Elizabeth Allen
“Listening is a form of understanding, too. It is not passive perception; it is highly selective and arbitrary. When we listen, we pay attention; we dissect the words that we hear, their meanings, sensations, tone, ring and shape, internally, in our minds. We may notice the effect of specifics sounds on out physical body. We may shiver, contract, wink or raise our brows. Listening connects to our rationality as much as it cultivates our emotional response to what or who we are listening to in a particular moment. It could be a person, it could be the city, it could be as plain as water.
Listing is a paradox, which requires distance as much as it requires the idea of closeness—perceptual proximity through fundamental remoteness. In Manuel, Armin Lorenz Gerold is interested in the potential this paradox can reveal: to create a sensual space in which the unknown territory could suddenly, once again, become more interesting than a map of worn-out paths.”—Shahin Zarinbal
This book is published on the occasion of the Ruisdael Stipend 2020. The Ruisdael Stipend was established in 2012 on the initiative of the artist Willem de Rooij within the framework of the international sculpture route kunstwegen.
Published and distributed by Mousse Publishing.
First edition: 2021
Printed in Germany by: Druckerei Roelofs, Lingen.
Lithorgraphy by: Hausstätter Herstellung, Berlin.
Design: Armin Lorenz Gerold.
Copy-editing by: Edward Fortes, Chris Roth (Anna Barfuss).
Translations by: Shahin Zarinbal.
3D installation views by Stefanie Schwarzwimmer.
Press and further documentation
For the first edition of the performance series curated by Cathrin Mayer Give Rise to.. Graz-born artist Armin Lorenz Gerold was invited to HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, where his performance Verstärkung (Amplification) took place in the large exhibition hall on August 20 and 21, 2021. Following the performance program, the artist also presented his newly published artist book Manuel or A Hint of Evil in a conversation with Curator Cathrin Mayer.