dOCUMENTA (13): 100 Notes - 100 Thoughts No. 024 - Mariana Castillo Deball & Roy Wagner Coyote Anthropology
A Conversation in Words and Drawings
According to Roy Wagner’s anthropological approach, the unspoken, the unheard, and the unknown are just as important as what is there. The absences, described by Wagner as “anti-twins,” are essential to the formation of culture and the study thereof. In this notebook, Mariana Castillo Deball creates a two-level communication with the re-printing of a text excerpted from Wagner’s writings. On one level, the conversation unfolds between Wagner and his anti-twin Coyote, who expresses what is absent while also countering Wagner’s statements. On the other, the artist’s filigree drawings—of fantasy figures and objects, closely related to Mexican folklore, and especially produced for this notebook—accompany and comment on Wagner’s text.
As a prelude to the 2012 exhibition, dOCUMENTA (13) and Hatje Cantz are publishing a series of notebooks, 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts, that is comprised of facsimiles of existing notebooks, commissioned essays, collaborations, and conversations. The series is edited by Bettina Funcke.
Mariana Castillo Deball (*1975) is an artist living in Berlin and Amsterdam.
Roy Wagner (*1938) is a professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.
Publisher: dOCUMENTA (13)/Hatje Cantz
Dimensions: 212 x 150 mm