A Tale of Two Huts: Dieter Roelstraete (University of Chicago) published by E-Flux (New York)

    Press/Media: Research


    This essay by Dieter Roelstraete (curator at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, University of Chicago) discusses my practice-as-research made through photographic artworks and published in the book I co-authored Ludwig Wittgenstein – There Where You Are Not (2005, with Alec Finlay and Dr Michael Nedo. London: Black Dog Publishing) and subsequently presented in exhibitions curated by Roelstraete in Venice (2018) and Chicago (2019). It is published by E-Flux Architecture to over 70,000 international readers.

    'I first learned about this void sometime in the mid-2000s, when I came across a book titled, appositely, There Where You Are Not, a collaborative venture involving the Scottish artist-cum-poet Alec Finlay, the photographer Guy Moreton, and Michael Nedo, the long-time director of the Wittgenstein archive in Cambridge. Moreton’s photograph of the hut’s stone base amidst Norway’s lush mid-summer greenery perfectly captures the power of the lingering myth of the ever-searching, never-finding Viennese philosopher. Not only did it seem logical that the hut had long been gone, it also seemed just: the house that logic built, gone up in smoke.' Dieter Roelstraete

    Period12 Jun 2020