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An Anecdoted Topography of Chance (1966) - Daniel Spoerri, Roland Topor
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Daniel Spoerri's 1966 classic, An Anecdoted Topography of Chance, "Done with the help of his very dear friend Robert Filliou and Translated from the French, and further anecdoted at random by their very dear friend Emmett Williams With One Hundred Reflective Illustrations by Topor" is a sort of verbal "snare picture" which "documents in loving, indulgent, but never boring detail the history of every morsel of detritus situated on a table in Spoerri's Paris flat." --http://www.ubu.com/historical/gb/index.html [Oct 2006]


Daniel Spoerri (born Daniel Isaac Feinstein March 27, 1930) is a Romanian-born French dancer and performance artist.

Spoerri founded a restaurant serving unusual food, where he became famous for gluing the plates to the tables. In the 1990s he had a one man show at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Spoerri [Mar 2006]

An Anecdoted Topography of Chance (1966) - Daniel Spoerri, Roland Topor

An Anecdoted Topography of Chance is arguably the most important and entertaining "Artistís Book" of the post-war period. This edition is the definitive appearance to date of a unique collaborative work by four artists associated with the Fluxus and Noveau Rťalisme movements, and is substantially larger than the three previous versions published in France, the USA and Germany.

What is the Topography? Hard to explain an idea so simple yet so brilliantly executed. Following a rambling conversation with his dear friend Robert Filliou, Daniel Spoerri one day mapped the objects lying at random on the table of his room, adding a rigorously scientific decription of each. These objects subsequently evoked associations, memories, anecdotes; not only from the original author, but from his friends as well: a beguiling creation was born. Many of the principal participants of Fluxus make an appearance (and texts by Higgins, Jouffroy, Kaprow, Restany, and Tinguely are included, among others). It is a novel of digressions in the manner of Tristram Shandy or Robbe-Grillet; itís a game, a poem, an encyclopaedia, a cabinet of wonders: a celebration of friendship and creativity.

The Topography personifies (and pre-dates) the whole Fluxus spirit and constitutes one of the strangest and most compelling insights into the artistís life. From out of the banal detritus of the everyday a virtual autobiography emerges: of four perceptive, witty and eloquent members of the human species.

The map of the table-top has been reproduced as a fold-out at the back of the book. --Amazon.com

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