Wiederholungszwang by Elisabeth Tonnard

Wiederholungszwang
by Elisabeth Tonnard


30 pages / 7.5 x 5 in.  
B&W digital prints
Handbound (stab binding with folds on foredge)
Signed edition of 28
Self-published, 2014


signed

$170.00



Publisher’s Description: 

A compulsive bookwork grounded in the drive to repeat things. ‘Wiederholungszwang’ is a term Sigmund Freud used for repetitive behavior in which a person repeats certain traumatic events. The book is made up out of a single image, a found lantern slide, that becomes a scene of repetition when it is fragmented, folded, repeated and mirrored.

The image is split into fragments on folded sheets. Each sheet is repeated like a stammer by a sheet that is its double. Meanwhile the book also mirrors back on itself, even though none of its sets of doubled sheets is exactly the same as any of the other sets. At the end of the book its mirror structure forces a deviation from this scheme, but this deviation is at the same time to be seen as another case of repetition compulsion. The book also repeats some of the elements of an earlier book, Contemplation.


Wiederholungszwang by Elisabeth Tonnard
Wiederholungszwang by Elisabeth Tonnard

Wiederholungszwang by Elisabeth Tonnard
 
Wiederholungszwang by Elisabeth Tonnard