Dieter Roth: Reykjavík Slides (31,035), Every View of a City
This booklet has been re-published on occasion of the exhibition ‘Dieter Roth. Reykjavík Slides (31,035) Every View of a City’ at Hauser & Wirth London, Savile Row, 2011.
Featuring 31,035 slides shown simultaneously on multiple projectors, Reykjavik Slides was inspired by the distinctive character of Icelandic architecture and documents every building in the capital. Made with the assistance of Pál Magnússon and the artist’s two sons, Björn and Karl, the work is a comprehensive survey, drawing one’s attention to the subject matter of the project, rather than the role of the artist. The work’s numerous images present an act of dedication to the singularity of Reykjavik, Roth’s home since 1957 and, in seeing every building as worthy of admiration, Roth allowed life itself to communicate as art.