Croy Nielsen

All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B

Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Whitney Claflin, Oliver Croy and Oliver Elser, Stephan Dillemuth, Georgia Gardner Gray, Rochelle Goldberg, Philipp Gufler, Ernst Herbeck, Tess Jaray, Martin Kippenberger, Nick Mauss, Marina Sula, Mark Van Yetter, Dario Wokurka, Miriam Yammad

curated by_Saim Demircan

13. 9. – 20. 10. 2018

Images

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Marina Sula, Fastidio, 2018, Steel, tempur-pedric fabric, memory foam, plexiglass, c-prints on paper, healing earth (Valley of Roses), needles, steel wire, 160 × 80 × 45 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Marina Sula, Fastidio, 2018, Steel, tempur-pedric fabric, memory foam, plexiglass, c-prints on paper, healing earth (Valley of Roses), needles, steel wire, 160 × 80 × 45 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Dario Wokurka, Meditating on Inheritable Estates II, 2017, Acrylic on cotton, 100 × 60 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Dario Wokurka, Meditating on Inheritable Estates II, 2017, Acrylic on cotton, 100 × 60 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Marc Camille Chaimowicz, An Elliptical Retort…(Letter), 2009, Letter headed paper, ink, and images 13 pages: pages 1 – 5, 16 × 23 cm; page, 18,5 × 25 cm; pages 7 – 13, 18 × 26 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Marc Camille Chaimowicz, An Elliptical Retort…(Letter), 2009, Letter headed paper, ink, and images 13 pages: pages 1 – 5, 16 × 23 cm; page, 18,5 × 25 cm; pages 7 – 13, 18 × 26 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Marc Camille Chaimowicz, An Elliptical Retort…(Letter), 2009 (detail), Letter headed paper, ink, and images 13 pages: pages 1 – 5, 16 × 23 cm; page, 18,5 × 25 cm; pages 7 – 13, 18 × 26 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Marc Camille Chaimowicz, An Elliptical Retort…(Letter), 2009 (detail), Letter headed paper, ink, and images 13 pages: pages 1 – 5, 16 × 23 cm; page, 18,5 × 25 cm; pages 7 – 13, 18 × 26 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Marc Camille Chaimowicz, An Elliptical Retort…(Letter), 2009 (detail), Letter headed paper, ink, and images 13 pages: pages 1 – 5, 16 × 23 cm; page, 18,5 × 25 cm; pages 7 – 13, 18 × 26 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Marc Camille Chaimowicz, An Elliptical Retort…(Letter), 2009 (detail), Letter headed paper, ink, and images 13 pages: pages 1 – 5, 16 × 23 cm; page, 18,5 × 25 cm; pages 7 – 13, 18 × 26 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Philipp Gufler, Dopplung. Empfindlichkeit., 2018, Silkscreen print on silk, 189,5 × 123,5

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Philipp Gufler, Dopplung. Empfindlichkeit., 2018, Silkscreen print on silk, 189,5 × 123,5

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Nick Mauss, Untitled 2015 – 2018, Pencil, pen, acrylic on paper, each 43 × 35 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Nick Mauss, Untitled 2015 – 2018, Pencil, pen, acrylic on paper, each 43 × 35 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Nick Mauss, Untitled, 2012, Vinyl Record, 30,48 × 30,48 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Nick Mauss, Untitled, 2012, Vinyl Record, 30,48 × 30,48 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Georgia Gardner Gray, Old Conversation, 2018, Oil on canvas, 100 × 129,5 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Georgia Gardner Gray, Old Conversation, 2018, Oil on canvas, 100 × 129,5 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Tess Jaray, Sketch from a letter to W.G. Sebald, around 1999, Pencil on photocopy, 14 × 19 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Tess Jaray, Sketch from a letter to W.G. Sebald, around 1999, Pencil on photocopy, 14 × 19 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Rochelle Goldberg, Spectral Wall X, 2018, Aluminum can, graphite on newspaper, lily, gouache, 58 × 39 × 4 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Rochelle Goldberg, Spectral Wall X, 2018, Aluminum can, graphite on newspaper, lily, gouache, 58 × 39 × 4 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Rochelle Goldberg, Spectral Wall X, 2018, Aluminum can, graphite on newspaper, lily, gouache, 58 × 39 × 4 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Rochelle Goldberg, Spectral Wall X, 2018, Aluminum can, graphite on newspaper, lily, gouache, 58 × 39 × 4 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Miriam Yammad, _Self Portrait, 2008 – 2018, Digital colour prints, 23,2 × 27,7 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Miriam Yammad, _Self Portrait, 2008 – 2018, Digital colour prints, 23,2 × 27,7 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Whitney Claflin, Here for you, 2018, Plastic bag, fur, collage on paper, ink on aper, tape, thread, dimensions variable

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Whitney Claflin, Here for you, 2018, Plastic bag, fur, collage on paper, ink on aper, tape, thread, dimensions variable

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Whitney Claflin, Here for you, 2018, Plastic bag, fur, collage on paper, ink on aper, tape, thread, dimensions variable

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Whitney Claflin, Here for you, 2018, Plastic bag, fur, collage on paper, ink on aper, tape, thread, dimensions variable

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Mark Van Yetter, _After Sebald after Tiepolo #1, 2018, Oil on paper, 33 × 53,5 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Mark Van Yetter, _After Sebald after Tiepolo #1, 2018, Oil on paper, 33 × 53,5 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Martin Kippenberger, 1984. Wie es wirklich war am Beispiel Knokke, 1985, Artist book, 14,5 × 9,5 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Martin Kippenberger, 1984. Wie es wirklich war am Beispiel Knokke, 1985, Artist book, 14,5 × 9,5 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Oliver Croy & Oliver Elser, The 387 houses of Peter Fritz (1916−1992), 1993 – 2008 (detail), Mixed media, Dimensions variable

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Oliver Croy & Oliver Elser, The 387 houses of Peter Fritz (1916−1992), 1993 – 2008 (detail), Mixed media, Dimensions variable

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Miriam Yammad, _Self Portrait, 2008 – 2018, Digital colour prints, each 23,2 × 27,7 cm Images by kun​st​-doku​men​ta​tion​.com

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Miriam Yammad, _Self Portrait, 2008 – 2018, Digital colour prints, each 23,2 × 27,7 cm Images by kun​st​-doku​men​ta​tion​.com

Press Release

In the second and third chapters of Schwindel. Gefühle, writer W.G. Sebald makes repeated trips from Vienna to Venice, firstly as himself, or rather, a version of himself in 1980 and 1987; and then again following a certain Dr K. in 1913, who travels on to a sanatorium in Riva at Lake Garda.

As well as dizziness, on its own the German Schwindel also means swindle, deception and legerdemain. Similarly, the text is a confidence trick. In the chapter Dr K. Takes the Waters at Riva’, Dr K. is Franz Kafka, and the passage between Austria and Italy is based on a documented business trip made by the Czech writer when he worked at Prague Worker’s Insurance Company.

Duplicitous mirroring of literary figures and historiography through mental projection and travel is an inherent characteristic of Sebald’s writing. Authors, playwrights and poets cameo throughout these chapters, either directly or obliquely. In Vienna, he thinks he sees Dante on Gonzagagasse and meets Ernst Herbeck. Dr K. dines with Grillparzer at Hotel Matschakerhof and visits the Prater with Otto Pick and Albert Ehrenstein, whose similitude can be seen in a photograph of them taken as if passengers on an aeroplane, which appears to be flying above the big Ferris wheel and the spires of the Votivkirche’.

Elsewhere, in Venice, Sebald meets Salvatore Altamura, who shares the firstname of the burgomaster in Kafka’s short story The Hunter Gracchus, and is reimagined by the writer as Salvatore, the podestà in Riva’. He also speculates on whether Dr K. saw the 1913 German Expressionist film Der Student von Prag at the cinema Pathé di San Sebastiano and recognized a kind of doppelgänger’ in the scene where the reflection of the eponymous hero walks out of a mirror.

Recurring symbolism, paranoiac doubling, and in-between states such as hypnagogic hallucination distort the text with signs and both chapters are rich with premonition. As such, All’estero & Dr K. Takes the Waters at Riva: Version B’ creates another layer of duplication through exhibition-making, using narrative devices that connect these two chapters to illustrate the writer’s complex fictionalization of his own life. Intertextuality, resemblance, and the mnemonic in relation to place feature prominently in artworks, ephemera and literature that take inspiration from Sebald’s writing. With an accent on the city as the origin of this journey, the show charts an ambulatory route connecting events, characters and affect.

Text by Saim Demircan

Images

All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B

Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Whitney Claflin, Oliver Croy and Oliver Elser, Stephan Dillemuth, Georgia Gardner Gray, Rochelle Goldberg, Philipp Gufler, Ernst Herbeck, Tess Jaray, Martin Kippenberger, Nick Mauss, Marina Sula, Mark Van Yetter, Dario Wokurka, Miriam Yammad

curated by_Saim Demircan

13. 9. – 20. 10. 2018
Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Marina Sula, Fastidio, 2018, Steel, tempur-pedric fabric, memory foam, plexiglass, c-prints on paper, healing earth (Valley of Roses), needles, steel wire, 160 × 80 × 45 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Marina Sula, Fastidio, 2018, Steel, tempur-pedric fabric, memory foam, plexiglass, c-prints on paper, healing earth (Valley of Roses), needles, steel wire, 160 × 80 × 45 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Dario Wokurka, Meditating on Inheritable Estates II, 2017, Acrylic on cotton, 100 × 60 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Dario Wokurka, Meditating on Inheritable Estates II, 2017, Acrylic on cotton, 100 × 60 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Marc Camille Chaimowicz, An Elliptical Retort…(Letter), 2009, Letter headed paper, ink, and images 13 pages: pages 1 – 5, 16 × 23 cm; page, 18,5 × 25 cm; pages 7 – 13, 18 × 26 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Marc Camille Chaimowicz, An Elliptical Retort…(Letter), 2009, Letter headed paper, ink, and images 13 pages: pages 1 – 5, 16 × 23 cm; page, 18,5 × 25 cm; pages 7 – 13, 18 × 26 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Marc Camille Chaimowicz, An Elliptical Retort…(Letter), 2009 (detail), Letter headed paper, ink, and images 13 pages: pages 1 – 5, 16 × 23 cm; page, 18,5 × 25 cm; pages 7 – 13, 18 × 26 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Marc Camille Chaimowicz, An Elliptical Retort…(Letter), 2009 (detail), Letter headed paper, ink, and images 13 pages: pages 1 – 5, 16 × 23 cm; page, 18,5 × 25 cm; pages 7 – 13, 18 × 26 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Marc Camille Chaimowicz, An Elliptical Retort…(Letter), 2009 (detail), Letter headed paper, ink, and images 13 pages: pages 1 – 5, 16 × 23 cm; page, 18,5 × 25 cm; pages 7 – 13, 18 × 26 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Marc Camille Chaimowicz, An Elliptical Retort…(Letter), 2009 (detail), Letter headed paper, ink, and images 13 pages: pages 1 – 5, 16 × 23 cm; page, 18,5 × 25 cm; pages 7 – 13, 18 × 26 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Philipp Gufler, Dopplung. Empfindlichkeit., 2018, Silkscreen print on silk, 189,5 × 123,5

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Philipp Gufler, Dopplung. Empfindlichkeit., 2018, Silkscreen print on silk, 189,5 × 123,5

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Nick Mauss, Untitled 2015 – 2018, Pencil, pen, acrylic on paper, each 43 × 35 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Nick Mauss, Untitled 2015 – 2018, Pencil, pen, acrylic on paper, each 43 × 35 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Nick Mauss, Untitled, 2012, Vinyl Record, 30,48 × 30,48 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Nick Mauss, Untitled, 2012, Vinyl Record, 30,48 × 30,48 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Georgia Gardner Gray, Old Conversation, 2018, Oil on canvas, 100 × 129,5 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Georgia Gardner Gray, Old Conversation, 2018, Oil on canvas, 100 × 129,5 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Tess Jaray, Sketch from a letter to W.G. Sebald, around 1999, Pencil on photocopy, 14 × 19 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Tess Jaray, Sketch from a letter to W.G. Sebald, around 1999, Pencil on photocopy, 14 × 19 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Rochelle Goldberg, Spectral Wall X, 2018, Aluminum can, graphite on newspaper, lily, gouache, 58 × 39 × 4 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Rochelle Goldberg, Spectral Wall X, 2018, Aluminum can, graphite on newspaper, lily, gouache, 58 × 39 × 4 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Rochelle Goldberg, Spectral Wall X, 2018, Aluminum can, graphite on newspaper, lily, gouache, 58 × 39 × 4 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Rochelle Goldberg, Spectral Wall X, 2018, Aluminum can, graphite on newspaper, lily, gouache, 58 × 39 × 4 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Miriam Yammad, _Self Portrait, 2008 – 2018, Digital colour prints, 23,2 × 27,7 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Miriam Yammad, _Self Portrait, 2008 – 2018, Digital colour prints, 23,2 × 27,7 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Whitney Claflin, Here for you, 2018, Plastic bag, fur, collage on paper, ink on aper, tape, thread, dimensions variable

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Whitney Claflin, Here for you, 2018, Plastic bag, fur, collage on paper, ink on aper, tape, thread, dimensions variable

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Whitney Claflin, Here for you, 2018, Plastic bag, fur, collage on paper, ink on aper, tape, thread, dimensions variable

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Whitney Claflin, Here for you, 2018, Plastic bag, fur, collage on paper, ink on aper, tape, thread, dimensions variable

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Mark Van Yetter, _After Sebald after Tiepolo #1, 2018, Oil on paper, 33 × 53,5 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Mark Van Yetter, _After Sebald after Tiepolo #1, 2018, Oil on paper, 33 × 53,5 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Martin Kippenberger, 1984. Wie es wirklich war am Beispiel Knokke, 1985, Artist book, 14,5 × 9,5 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Martin Kippenberger, 1984. Wie es wirklich war am Beispiel Knokke, 1985, Artist book, 14,5 × 9,5 cm

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Oliver Croy & Oliver Elser, The 387 houses of Peter Fritz (1916−1992), 1993 – 2008 (detail), Mixed media, Dimensions variable

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Oliver Croy & Oliver Elser, The 387 houses of Peter Fritz (1916−1992), 1993 – 2008 (detail), Mixed media, Dimensions variable

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Miriam Yammad, _Self Portrait, 2008 – 2018, Digital colour prints, each 23,2 × 27,7 cm Images by kun​st​-doku​men​ta​tion​.com

Installation view All’estero & Dr. K.’s Badereise nach Riva: Version B, 2018: Miriam Yammad, _Self Portrait, 2008 – 2018, Digital colour prints, each 23,2 × 27,7 cm Images by kun​st​-doku​men​ta​tion​.com

Press Release

In the second and third chapters of Schwindel. Gefühle, writer W.G. Sebald makes repeated trips from Vienna to Venice, firstly as himself, or rather, a version of himself in 1980 and 1987; and then again following a certain Dr K. in 1913, who travels on to a sanatorium in Riva at Lake Garda.

As well as dizziness, on its own the German Schwindel also means swindle, deception and legerdemain. Similarly, the text is a confidence trick. In the chapter Dr K. Takes the Waters at Riva’, Dr K. is Franz Kafka, and the passage between Austria and Italy is based on a documented business trip made by the Czech writer when he worked at Prague Worker’s Insurance Company.

Duplicitous mirroring of literary figures and historiography through mental projection and travel is an inherent characteristic of Sebald’s writing. Authors, playwrights and poets cameo throughout these chapters, either directly or obliquely. In Vienna, he thinks he sees Dante on Gonzagagasse and meets Ernst Herbeck. Dr K. dines with Grillparzer at Hotel Matschakerhof and visits the Prater with Otto Pick and Albert Ehrenstein, whose similitude can be seen in a photograph of them taken as if passengers on an aeroplane, which appears to be flying above the big Ferris wheel and the spires of the Votivkirche’.

Elsewhere, in Venice, Sebald meets Salvatore Altamura, who shares the firstname of the burgomaster in Kafka’s short story The Hunter Gracchus, and is reimagined by the writer as Salvatore, the podestà in Riva’. He also speculates on whether Dr K. saw the 1913 German Expressionist film Der Student von Prag at the cinema Pathé di San Sebastiano and recognized a kind of doppelgänger’ in the scene where the reflection of the eponymous hero walks out of a mirror.

Recurring symbolism, paranoiac doubling, and in-between states such as hypnagogic hallucination distort the text with signs and both chapters are rich with premonition. As such, All’estero & Dr K. Takes the Waters at Riva: Version B’ creates another layer of duplication through exhibition-making, using narrative devices that connect these two chapters to illustrate the writer’s complex fictionalization of his own life. Intertextuality, resemblance, and the mnemonic in relation to place feature prominently in artworks, ephemera and literature that take inspiration from Sebald’s writing. With an accent on the city as the origin of this journey, the show charts an ambulatory route connecting events, characters and affect.

Text by Saim Demircan