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Actor in the role of K. D., fictional author of Looking for Headless, 2007–, in conversation with literary critic Noemi Jaffe as part of Goldin+Senneby’s contribution to the 28th São Paulo Bienal, Livraria Cultura bookstore auditorium, November 24, 2008. From Headless, 2007–. Photo: Ronaldo Aguiar.

COULD THE SHADOWY WORLD of offshore banking somehow harbor an incarnation of Georges Bataille’s secret society, Acéphale? This bizarre and provocative proposal is the premise of Headless, a project begun in 2007 by the collaborative team of Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby. Its symbol, a headless man, pays homage to Acéphale’s adoption of André Masson’s notorious drawing of a gruesome decapitated figure—a perverse inversion of Leonardo’s enlightened Vitruvian Man—with a skull in place of his groin. The Swedish artists’ examination of how financial systems relate to forms of invisibility focuses on Headless Ltd, an offshore company recently registered in the Bahamas, and has yielded an array of collaborative and aesthetically unpredictable outputs—including a quasi novel, a feature-length documentary, hush-hush presentations in the financial districts of European

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