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Thomas Rodriguez

Furkart ephemera
by Thomas Rodriguez

Trilingual edition (French, German, English)
Portrait format, 235 x 317 mm. Four-colour printing. 312 pages. Square back, sewn and glued,
Materica paper dust jacket.
ISBN: 978-2-9558778-8-3. 40 €
Graphics: Thomas Rodriguez and Jocelyne Fracheboud
Document photography: Fabrice Schneider
Texts: Patricia Nussbaum, Paulo Pires do Vale
Translations: Lalinha Alves, Colin Ginks, Kennis Translations (Sophie Enderlin,
Marina Roger), Patricia Nussbaum, John Tittensor
Limited edition of 9 copies, designed by Jean-Luc Manz: Page du carnet n° 3: 1992-1996,
© Musée Jenisch Vevey, reproduced by Roger Emmenegger at Datatype SA, Lausanne.
Each page is accompanied by a handwritten postcard.


Originated and edited by Thomas Rodriguez, Furkart ephemera brings together the communications material issued by the Neuchâtel gallerist Marc Hostettler, initiator of the Furkart project. Postcards, press releases, programmes, work files: everything is printed actual size and a chronological approach provides access to all the resultant artworks and all those who took part.
Things began on 24 June 1983 with James Lee Byars’ performance A Drop of Black Perfume. Between then and 1996 Marc Hostettler invited no fewer than 60 artists to the Furkablick Hotel, built in 1903 and situated 2,429 metres up at the top of Switzerland’s Furka Pass. For the three summer months of each year the hotel and its surroundings became a veritable art laboratory, where permanent and ephemeral works were produced specifically for a totally unique setting. This was an adventure that would leave an indelible mark on an entire art world generation.
The preface by Patricia Nussbaum, art historian and a Furkart partner, brings the experiment to life in all its excitement and humanity, while the postface by philosopher and exhibition curator Paulo Pires do Vale puts into context the concepts of the archive and ephemeral art as practised in the 20th and 21st centuries, and their relevance to this book’s context. Artist Jean-Luc Manz, a Furkart invitee in 1993 and intimately acquainted with the site, has created a work especially for the limited edition accompanying this publication.

Furkart ephemera has been produced with the backing of the following private and public sector partners:
Pro Helvetia
Canton du Valais, Service de la culture
Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’écriture et la littérature
Alfred Richterich Stiftung / Institut Furkablick


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