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“Samuel Beckett/Bruce Nauman”

Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier

What exactly is Molloy doing with his sixteen stones? “Watch me closely,” he says: “I take a stone from the right pocket of my greatcoat, suck it, stop sucking it, put it in the left pocket of my greatcoat, the empty one (of stones). I take a second stone from the right pocket of my greatcoat, suck it, put it in the left pocket of my greatcoat. And so on until the right pocket of my greatcoat is empty. . . . Pausing then, and concentrating, so as not to make a balls of it, I transfer to the right pocket of my greatcoat, in which there are no stones left, the five stones in the right pocket of my trousers, which I replace by the six stones in the left pocket of my greatcoat.” The increasingly complicated system of moves from pocket to pocket via mouth finally reaches full circle, and Molloy concludes, “Do I have to go on? No, for it is clear that after the next series, of sucks and transfers,

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