Mary Ellen Solt — WIR SPIELEN (WE PLAY) / The Peoplemover 1968

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“WIR SPIELEN (WE PLAY) / The Peoplemover 1968 – A demonstration poem”. Berlin nGbK 2013. 8vo in silvery wraps as issued. 348 pp. Text in German and English. Light edgewear else clean and fine

WIR SPIELEN (WE PLAY) is an artistic investigation on the topic of collectivities and the significance of the pronoun “we”.

Throughout the five events a variety of textual material was produced and compiled. The text took the shape of a theater play and published as a book, designed by Vela Arbutina. The exploration of different means of textual production was a fundamental part of each of the five events and the results have been transcribed, selected, fragmented and recombined, composing dialogues and speculative interactions. The sources of those words have been carefully kept – when possible – and appear alongside the text, in an attempt to evidence the complexity and veiled references existing in many speech acts, at the same time being willing to complicate the notion of authenticity and authorship

The inspiration for the methodology employed in this book is a result of an encounter with Mary Ellen Solt’s poem “THE PEOPLEMOVER 1968 A Demonstration Poem“. The poem as well as its first German translation is reprinted as part of this book

Mary Ellen Solt — WIR SPIELEN (WE PLAY) / The Peoplemover 1968