Dieter Roth: Reykjavik Slides (31,035) Every View of a City
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Featuring 31,035 slides shown simultaneously on multiple projectors, Reykjavik Slides was inspired by the distinctive character of Icelandic architecture and documents every building in the capital. Made with the assistance of Pal Magnusson and the artist's two sons, Bjorn and Karl, the work is a comprehensive survey, drawing one's attention to the subject matter of the project, rather than the role of the artist.
One of the most influential artists of the post-World War II period, Dieter Roth was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1930, to a German mother and a Swiss father, and died in Basel, Switzerland in 1998. Dieter Roth was an artist of an immense diversity and breadth, producing books, graphics, drawings, paintings, sculptures, assemblages, installations, audio and media works involving slides, sound recordings, film and video. He also worked as a composer, poet, writer and musician. He often collaborated with other artists, subverting the principle of authorship.