Texts: Mårten Arndtzén, Magnus Bons, Connie Butler,
Luis Camnitzer, Sophie Tottie
Design: Jöran Rammhällen, Sophie Tottie
2023, English, softcover
120 pages, 21,5 x 27,7 cm
The world is always inevitably changing. At the same time, we humans look for patterns and regularities. AiWHEtL* revolves around doing and thinking as a process of understanding, in which the result essentially cannot be owned but remains in constant change.
In Sophie Tottie’s recent work – re-workings of previous work, text material and leftover products like paint and brush cleaner – are incorporated and reused in new work. Tottie’s works function as prisms that weigh, measure, and materialize something that seems to belong to an inner, intangible reality but which manifests itself in an outer material and physical existence.
The work in AiWHEtL circles around the act of learning, where one main question is not what it is about but how it works. The book includes four texts that discuss Tottie's work from the 1990s up to the present – a work that is not a conglomeration of facts and an end point, but which remodels through actions, ongoing contemplation and re-evaluations of what has been said and done.
* The title is an acronym of the sentence “As if We Had Everything to Learn” from the text: ‘Lygia Clark: A Space Open to Time’ by Connie Butler, published in the catalogue for Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2014.