By Ines von Ketelhodt
Flörsheim, Main, Germany: Ines von Ketelhodt, 2015. Edition of 45.
24 x 14.2 cm (9.4 x 5.6") closed, extends to 183 cm (72"); 30 pages. Double-sided accordion. Digital printing. Photography, design, and bookbinding by Ines von Ketelhodt. Bound with cloth-over-boards. Embossed label on front board. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Ines von Ketelhodt: "This accordion book shows two photographic series of two different motifs, taken in Vienna’s Prater amusement park. Both motifs, which alternate rhythmically in the concertina book, address the themes of movement, circles, and time. The photographs include a text passage from Act One of Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s play 'The Cavalier of the Rose' (1911), in the original German version, as well as a French and an English translation: 'Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbares Ding / Le temps est subtil comme un poison / Time – how strangely does it go its ways'.
"The texts come in various sizes and levels of transparency, overlapping with each other in the photographs."
Ines von Ketelhodt, translation of The Cavalier of the Rose: "Time – how strangely does it go its ways. First we are heedless – Lo! ’tis as nothing! Then a sudden waking, and we feel nothing else but it, all the world tells of it, all our souls are filled with it. No face but shows the mark of it, no mirror but shows it to us, all my veins feel its throbbing. And there, ’twixt you and me, it flows in silence, trickling like the sand in an hour-glass."