Issue #08 – Spring 2011

Karl Holmqvist. A Trip to Tangier

Working mainly with written, spoken, or performed texts, poet and artist Karl Holmqvist experiments here the potential of the ‘empty spread’ of Peep-Hole Sheet. Investigating thus the inner nature of the medium and its open, ambiguous and sometimes contradictory relations with the ‘caravan of signs moving across it’. His A Trip to Tangier is in fact not only a travel in time and space, conveying a strong sense of awareness and freedom, but is also an hypnotic wandering through the possibilities and limits of language. As for many of his publications and videos, Holmqvist opts here for the sharpness of black and white: “I have stuck with black-and-white because it ’s stylish and refers back to text, and to the idea that all of reality could be seen as a type of writing or an act of communication.”

Karl Holmqvist (Sweden, 1964) lives and works in Berlin.

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 Each issue is dedicated solely to one artist, who is invited to contribute with an unpublished text whose content is completely free in terms both of subject and format.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.