Issue #07 – Winter 2011

Pavel Büchler. Notes from the bottom of a bag

Pavel Büchler is an artist, lecturer and writer. He is committed to the catalytic nature of art – its potential to draw attention to the obvious and revealing it as ultimately strange. Notes from the bottom of a bag is released in conjunction of his exhibition Working Title (in collaboration with Evangelia Spiliopoulou) at Peep-Hole. In almost two years, this is the first time that the exhibition program and the contribution for the editiorial project overlap. It is not a coincidence, but a way to pay homage to an intellectual we think is one of the key figures on the art scene in Europe and around the world. The text is composed of a series of notes gathered and collected. As Büchler says at the beginning of the text, they “are unresolved, undeveloped, unrehearsed and unrevised. They are left that way so that the writing can continue.” They are ‘useless’ notes that build a discussion around ‘nothing’ and (like art) acquire meaning by saying (doing) that which is meaningless in itself.

Pavel Büchler (Prague, 1952) lives and works in Manchester.

Peep-Hole Sheet is a quarterly of writings by artists. Each issue is dedicated solely to one artist, who is invited to contribute with an unpublished text whose content is completely free in terms both of subject and format. The texts are published in their original language, with accompanying translation in English. Peep-Hole Sheet is meant for those who believe artists are catalysts for ideas all around us, and who want to read their words without any filter. Over time it aspires to build up an anthology of writings that might open new perspectives for interpreting and understanding our times. Peep-Hole Sheet is published and distributed by Mousse Publishing.