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September 24, 2009 1

Illustrative 2009 Berlin

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I’ll be showcasing some work of mine at this year’s Illustrative Festival in Berlin.

Berlin Oct 16 – Nov 1, 2009
Opening (invitation only) Oct 15, 2009, 7pm
Villa Elisabeth, Invalidenstr. 3, 10115 Berlin
Opening hours: Every day 11am to 8pm


One of the items on display will be a totem-like installation of stacked cubes. Those are only two out of ten.

When I first went to the hardware store to have some wood cut for the cubes, a petty feud started between the clerk in the wood department and the guy in the paint and glue department. Confronted with the task of cutting me some mdf for a cube the wood guy opted for a spiral cut, with 4 sides of equal lenghts. When I went to the glue department, the clerk there, a self-described learned carpenter, dismissed the cut of the wood as questionable, himself preferring a cross-cut. He then showed me how to glue the cube using duct tape.

The next day I went to the store to get more wood. I told the wood clerk what the paint guy had said. The wood guy said that he was a student of architecture, his cut was structurally superior and anyway, a carpenter, eh, he don’t know jack, “don’t even need a high school degree for that!”.
I however somehow preferred the cross cut, as it was slightly easier to assemble (and made more sense to me), and asked the wood clerk to cut it like that each time I returned. He was friendly while doing so and all, but by the third time I went in to refill my wood supply, the clerk was gone. I haven’t seen him since.