This book, whose title is the epitaph on Marcel Duchamp’s tombstone, is one of several initiatives that we have developed around the theme of death, starting from “The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death).”
We have proposed turning the traditional November 2nd celebration, the “Day of the Dead,” into a new holiday. For the first edition of this celebration, in 2010, we invited those who were interested to be part of a pilgrimage, probably the shortest and slowest in the world, that departed from its destination (rather than arriving at it): Lu Cafausu in San Cesario di Lecce.
Lu Cafausu is a mysterious small building, an architectural remnant that we have elected as a source of metaphors and narratives. It is “an imaginary place that really exists.” It taught us that coincidences are meaningless if taken as mere coincidences: only when you are aware of connections can you become free to open yourself to their mystery, to their truth, or, rather, to their multiple, inextricable, and fragile truths. And then, after all, as it happens, it’s always us who die.
Publication No. 15 of the KMD:
BESIDES, IT’S ALWAYS THE OTHERS WHO DIE
(D’ailleurs c’est toujours les autres qui meurent)
A publication edited by Lu Cafausu
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Gelosia by Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti, and Luigi Presicce from April 26 to June 8, 2014 at KMD – Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully, Switzerland
Distributed by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna
116 pages, English
As a central body of the book, a collective text based on an “exquisite cadaver,” a conversation held in Rome on Jan 19th, 2014 between Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti, Luigi Presicce, Sara Alberani, Lisa Batacchi, Marco Benincasa, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Sarah Ciracì, Irene Coppola, Gianluca Marinelli, Luca Musacchio, Caterina Pecchioli, Mattia Pellegrini, Davide Ricco, Roberto Tenace
also with notes by Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Stefan Banz, Francesca Marianna, Adrian Paci, Antonella Rizzo, Giorgio Rizzo, and Franco Vaccari
including approx. 20 pictures found the same day at the Porta Portese flea market, that are mentioned in the text and a series of drawings by Francesco Lauretta portraying people in the pose of recently dead bodies, executed during the 4th edition of “The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death)”
Editors: Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti, Luigi Presicce
Publisher: Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna
Translations: Steve Piccolo, Tim Chafer
Copyediting: Jonathan Fox
Editing and layout: Stefan Banz
The Italian-English translation of this book has been made possible thanks to the support of Marsèll.