The other rooms (Toiset huoneet)

Jatko-osa Yoko Onon teokseen Grapefruit.. Teos liittyy Yoko Onon näyttelyyn ”ANTON'S MEMORY”, the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Palazetto Tito, Venezia, 29.5.-20.9.2009. Julkaisutiedot: Milano – New York: Charta . New York: Wunternaum Press, cop. 2009 [2010]. - Ei kuvia, valkoiset kannet.

Publisher information: ”The Other Rooms is a sequel to Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit, a now classic artist’s book that was first published in 1964 and became a cult classic following its wider distribution after 1970. Matching the satisfyingly compact size of Grapefruit, and beautifully bound in white cloth, The Other Rooms is conceived as a series of rooms that unfold the story of, in the words of the artist, ”the life of a woman seeing through the eyes of her son.” On page after page, or room after room, Ono walks the reader through her unique expression of motherly utopian pedagogy, providing observations and instruction ”pieces” such as the following, for ”Balance Piece”: a) Politicians should wear pink transparent loose robes or pajama-like outfits without the bottoms at all times. b) A priest should wear a bright red suit with one sleeve and bell-bottom pants with his penis exposed at all times. c) The army should wear drag (cocktail party-type flair skirts) and high-heel shoes with jewelry (earrings, etc.) Other sequences simply describe imaginary rooms, and invite the reader to inhabit them, or suggest new approaches to tasks such as gardening, or to one’s hometown, all in the serenely open style for which Ono is so famed. The Other Rooms is joyfully interactive in this sense, finding ways ”to open doors where there are no doors.” ”

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Published as part of Yoko Ono’s exhibition ”ANTON’S MEMORY” at the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Palazetto Tito, Venice, May 29 to September 20, 2009.

Yoko Ono: ANTON’S MEMORY of his mother, is glimpses of a woman who appeared to him sporadicalle through his childhood. Sporadically, because that is the nature of Life. What he knew of her, therefore, was probably not much more than a handful of sand from her world left by her. But to him that was everything of his mother…a scorchingly haunting image of a woman, who disappeared step by step into oblivion, as he gained his own world in life.

247 s. ; 15 x 14 cm