Elektra

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Elektra

Die Geburt des Mädchens aus dem Geiste der Plastik. Auf Friedrich Nietzsche

Elisabeth von Samsonow

With a contribution by Brigitte Borchhardt-Birbaumer.

German, 188 p., numerous illustrations in colour, 13x19,5 cm, Softcover

2011

ISBN 978-3-85160-195-4

€ 22,00 [A]

€ 21,40 [D]

This book is a sculpture, a collage, a multiply staged re-reading. Using a copy of Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy as the basis for her palimpsest, Elisabeth von Samsonow, philosopher and artist, writes her new story onto the pages of the text: that of her Elektra statue and her Elektra project. Her work and action photos on Elektra – Die Geburt des Mädchens aus dem Geiste der Plastik (Elektra – The birth of the girl out of the spirit of the statue), as well as the passages from her book Anti- Elektra, are entered into the book pages as if onto pages of an album; Nietzsche’s pages of text are painted over with white paint, and appear covered over by a white transparent veil. Samsonow pre-Oedipalizes Nietzsche, in a multifaceted, “exciting” artist book that drifts together in many directions (=ELEKTRA: excitement x electrical power x time, p. 67). Elisabeth von Samsonow ist artist and professor of philosophy and historical anthropology of art at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.