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Project Statement

by J. Drucker

Quantum poetics became a topic of discussion between me and Jerry (McGann) in the summer of 2000 and into the fall in which this was made and written. The book was conceived as a field, a dynamic space, in which the reading intervened, as per the nature of intervention into quantum space. Half the vocabulary in this book belongs to those conversations, with layers of Robert Smithson's writings interwoven. The geologic temporalities that haunt his language echo through the natural sciences and physical sciences references, even as the work projects its own sparkling lightness and constellantionary properties. Mallarme, of course, is the other conspicuous reference in the design of the pages. I was writing the articles on books, page space and espace, and conjuring the patacricial demon during this time as well. These themes hover around the book, sometimes showing up as a ray of language, a linguistic echo, and other times hang suspended, just outside the pages, in the larger charged field.


Johanna Drucker


Johanna Drucker

type: initiating


birth: 1952-05-30 1952

Publication Information

publisher: Druckwerk

production: 2000-01-15 Fall and winter 2000

publication history: Only one, small edition of this work was produced. [J. Drucker]

Aesthetic Profile

concrete poetry (AAT)

concrete poetry (LCSH)

themes: temporality, physics, geology [J. Drucker]

content form:
experimental text (local) visual poetry

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)
visual poetry (local)

inspiration: Mallarmé, Smithson, thoughts on temporality and geology [J. Drucker]

related works: Un Coup de Des (for constellationary space), A Current Line (for its spatialization) [J. Drucker]

other influences: Discussions of quantum with JJM [J. Drucker]

community: other SpecLab [J. Drucker]

Exhibition Information

exhibition history: Originally performed at the Drawing Center, NYC, election night, 2000/

Related Documents

manuscript type: mockups

location: artist's archive

manuscript type: texts

location: artist's archive

manuscript type: correspondence

location: other Artist's archives.

note: Should be something from Lyle Tuttle somewhere about the Drawing Center reading.

General Comments

Conceived as a work that would be animated and dynamic, executed as slides that faded in and out for illusion of movement, and then made into a book in a limited edition. [J. Drucker]