Ilya Kabakov by Boris Groys
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Ilya Kabakov
By Boris Groys

Ilya Kabakov

The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment

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Ilya Kabakov by Boris Groys

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The fictitious hero of this 1984 installation is a lonely dreamer who develops an impossible project: to fly alone in cosmic space. But this dream is also an individual appropriation of a collective Soviet project and the official Soviet propaganda connected to it. Having built a makeshift slingshot, the hero apparently flies through the ceiling of his shabby room and vanishes into space. The miserable room and the primitive slingshot suggest the reality behind the Soviet utopia, in which where cosmic vision and the political project of the Communist revolution are seen as indissoluble.The Man who Flew into Space from His Apartment also raises questions of authorship in modernity. All of Kabakov's work is made in the name of other, fictitious artists. This reveals a hidden rule of the modern art system: only an artist who doesn't want to be an artist or who doesn't even know that he is an artist is a real artist--just as only an artwork that does not look like an artwork is a real artwork. The installation is a narrative, the documentation of a fictitious event.Afterall Books are distributed by The MIT Press.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781846380044
ISBN-10: 1846380049
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 56
Imprint: Afterall Publishing
Publisher: Afterall Publishing
Publish Date: 12-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Boris Groys

Boris Groys is Professor of Philosophy and Art Theory at the Academy for Design in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Global Professor at New York University. He is the author of many books, including Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment (2006) and Art Power (2008), both published by the MIT Press.

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