Michael Riedel: Meckert
Michael Riedel’s Meckert continues his series of publications (Oskar, 2003; Johnson Robert, 2004; Tirala, 2006; Gedruckte und nicht gedruckte Posters, 2008; amongst others), which are published as independent works parallel to his exhibitions. His texts are often generated from unedited transcriptions of recordings that he frames through a set of predetermined circumstances. He labels these works “text productions.” For Meckert, the artist asked four individuals in four different cities to make telephone calls using a written script, and to record the results. Riedel faithfully transcribed the recordings and incorporated them into his publication, which he filled with images of his past exhibitions, transcriptions of previously published sound recordings, images of selected posters and exhibition invitations, and an essay by curator and writer Daniel Birnbaum that originally appeared in Artforum magazine in 2005. Also included are a foreword by Ingo Niermann and an introduction by Marcel Bugiel.
Publisher: Walther König
Artists: Michael Riedel
Publication Date: 2009
Since the late 1990s, Michael Riedel has advanced his own model of a self-sustaining artistic production, continuously using reproductions as a means to “reintroduce the system of art into the art system.” His practice has incorporated a wide range of media and included large-scale works on canvas, fabric works, film and video, audio recordings, installations, and events. A central focus is the production and design of books, catalogues, brochures, posters, and invitation cards; these works often accompany and document his exhibitions.