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ALINA SCHMUCH: SCRIPT OF DEMOLITION. Spector Books, Leipzig, 2014. Edition 76135, 3. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 334 pp. with 1978 ills. (1901 col.). 27 x 21 cm. ISBN 9783944669281 Bilingual in German and English.
Swiss binding. Publisher's description: In this artist-curated look at industrial demolition images, German artist Alina Schmuch appropriates copious drawings, 8mm film and digital photography from 60 years of the Finch demolition company archives to show how visual media is used as part of the demolition process. With only seconds between the ignition of a charge and the collapse of a building, demolition planning takes weeks and in the profession is studied through the medium of the image. The dramatic photographs in this publication include movement sequences of collapsing chimneys, TV towers and buildings following explicitly nonaesthetic criteria. Before destroying a building, the blaster makes complex technical drawings of the progression; the detonation itself is then recorded by cameras at different viewpoints. Afterwards, the drawings are superimposed over the photographs, producing a record of the calibration of idea and reality. Interview by Anne King and essays by Philip Ursprung, Heike Schuppelius and Armin Linke.
Artist(s):Schmuch, Alina
Indexing: Western, Europe — Germany — Post-2000 — Photography — Women Artists
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 165961
Paperbound $55.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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