An homage to William Burroughs' and Brion Gysin's eponymous book, this artist book of more than 300 pages is a huge cut-up of the artworks showcased during the group exhibition conceived by Ugo Rondinone at the Palais de Tokyo in 2007.
With “The Third Mind”, Ugo Rondinone offers us a unique journey. An MRI scan of his influences, inclinations, and obsessions this exhibition is constructed as a stroll through a brain in perpetual activity, going straight to the source of the artist's references and discoveries. For the first time his gift for building systems of connections is placed at the service of the works of other artists, not his own. The systems of connections activated as well as the artists and works chosen make “The Third Mind” an exhibition that no curator/art historian would ever have been able to dream up.
On this occasion, Ugo Rondinone creates a special issue of the magazine Palais. In homage to The Third Mind—the cult book that William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin have devised together following the cut-up method—he sets out to cut up and remix the contemporary artistic landscape to allow a new meaning to emerge from it. Composed from the works of thirty-one artists, this huge cut-up of images constitutes a unique artist book created by a third mind, the product of the meeting between Ugo Rondinone and his selections.
Marc-Olivier Wahler, from the presentation of Palais Magazine #04 – Carte blanche à Ugo Rondinone.
Redesigned reprint of a special issue of the magazine Palais conceived by Ugo Rondinone for his collective show “The Third Mind” at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, from September 27, 2007, to January 3, 2008.
Ugo Rondinone (*1963, Switzerland) has lived in New York for several years. Using photography, video, painting, drawing, sculpture, sound, and text by turns, Rondinone is a virtuoso of forms and techniques.
Developing surprising sensorial environments, he especially likes destabilizing our perceptions and unsettling our certainties. Rearranging content and formal elements, a personal poetic with elements taken directly from the outside world, he draws us into a synesthetic experience.