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Lutz Bacher, 2017.

UNTIL 2010, Lutz lived with her husband, the astronomer Donald C. Backer, in Berkeley, California. Lutz and Don were in love. Don was recognized internationally for his PAPER (Precision Array to Probe the Epoch of Reionization) project and for advancing the understanding of the history of the universe; Lutz was recognized internationally for advancing the understanding of the readymade. In her cosmology, everything was always already in the depths of the surface of the found object. Lutz died of a massive heart attack, exactly the same way Donald did nine years prior. She believed that there was no such thing as coincidence, so there is something magical in their parallel deaths.

Lutz and I met in 2007 in a West Village apartment where she often stayed when she came for one of her “New York trips.” Two years later, we worked together on “Do you love me?,” her first European survey,

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