fluosz

By Ulrike Stoltz [Offenbach am Main,Germany]. usus, 2004. Edition of 15.

5 x 7.25"; 24 pages. Archival ink jet prints treated with linseed oil. Machine mould paper. Sewn binding. German text. Laid in cloth-covered clamshell box. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Ulrike Stoltz: "The water ghosts in fluosz (e.g. floating) were taken from photographs shot in the canals of Venice (Italy). After printing, the paper was treated with linseed oil to gain a watery impression."

fluosz is part of "the boatbook-project." This project was initiated as a result of Stoltz and Schneider receiving an artist-in-residency at Nexus Press, Atlanta, USA.

Schneider & Stoltz, 2001: "The book proposal we sent in has the working title The Boat-Book/Das boot-buch, and the idea is to show the parallels between books and boats, as both are containers as well as means of transport. ...

"Did you ever hear of bookbinding-ships? [We] have heard that in the 70s or 80s publishers were printing in the Far East, because it was cheaper. And as the return voyage was a long one, they equipped the freighters with book binding machines and tools and bound the books on the way home. Bookbinding machines of the time were not like the advanced system we have now, one has to imagine rather sort of separate stations for each book binding step."

The first book in the boatbook-project that was produced at Nexus was "The Boat Book." Today [2013] the project continues using the same idea – "The boat is a means of transportation, a container for goods. Books are containers for thoughts, transporting ideas from the authors to the readers."
$500