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Vesper 8: Vesper

Vesper 8: Vesper

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Publisher: Quodilbet,  ISBN: 9788822920645, Format: Paperback,  200 x 290 mm, 215pp

The eighth issue of Vesper is dedicated to the theme Vesper, and therefore calls for a double mirror: one inherent in the figure of the number eight and the other found in the contents and the name of the volume that contains them. Vespers and the design of time, twilight, the duality of West and East, the double as a condition and as a strategy, Venus and Venice, the sunset as a propitious direction, the drawing of shadows, camouflage, Vesper Lynd and the Vesper cocktail (both inventions from the pen of Ian Fleming) are the constellation points that propagate from the term Vesper and that “Vesper” 8 plans to illuminate.

Time and its measurement as project material was confirmed by Cedric Price in the Mean Time exhibition, presented in 1999 at the CCA in Montreal, where architectural situations were associated with 14 temporal categories: Self-Destruction, Refabrication, Prediction, Anticipating the Impossible, Chronicle, Synchronization, Interval, Simultaneousness, Uncertainty, The Pleasure of Frustration, Suspending Time, Distorting Time, Gravity, Pacing. But the project of time can also be resumed in the shape of a construction: the Swiss artist Not Vital conceives and realises today towers scattered around the world, designed only to become estranged and focussed on the appearance and fading of the sunset.