Clegg & Guttmann

Lia Rumma | Milan

BOOKS LINED UP on shelves can elicit strong emotions. There is the desire to know and the pleasure of availing oneself of a cultural accumulation that has already taken place. The idea that one need only extend a hand to delve into all sorts of histories, arguments, and romances offers great stimulation as well as solace. Libraries both private and public—and bookstores too—electrify and at the same time intimidate. At any moment one can encounter the mind of a writer from any epoch. This is comforting, but it also gives cause for uncertainty, as the effort required of the individual reader can seem immense. Yet there is also reassurance that human knowledge will not disperse, and this consoles us, makes us feel less alone.

In the exhibition “Falsa Prospettiva: Reflections on Claustrophobia, Paranoia and Conspiracy Theory,” Michael Clegg and Martin Guttmann showed that they've

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