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Kaleidoscopic Eye

Mariana Castillo Deball - Kaleidoscopic Eye
New edition of an artist's book first published in 2009, gathering essays, short stories and images (leporello ). The publication reflects the artist's long-term critical interrogations on archives, historiography and institutions.
Kaleidoscopic Eye departs from an argument between André Breton and Roger Caillois. The confrontation arose from their discovery of Mexican jumping beans—beans that make sudden movements and leap into the air. Caillois conjectured that larva or some other animal was making the beans move. Breton rejected his theory, accusing Caillois of being a closed-minded positivist who negated the marvellous and the poetic in his attempt to find a rational explanation. For Breton, absolute or objective chance blurred the borders of rationality, proffering a chaotic and stimulating universe: convulsive beauty. Caillois wrote a letter ending the relationship with Breton, declaring his attempt to reconcile research with beauty. Caillois sought to examine chance, chaos, and the irrational with the goal of finding a pattern similar to the structure of coral. This structure should combine, in one system, everything that had until then been systematically excluded—a structure capable of taking into consideration all the possible forms of reality.
Kaleidoscopic Eye was first published as part of the exhibition “Kaleidoscopic Eye”, in 2009 at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, now republished in its second edition.
Published following the eponymous exhibition at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, from February 14 to April 12, 2009.
Born 1975 in Mexico City, Mariana Castillo Deball lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam.
Edited by Mariana Castillo Deball.
Texts by Mariana Castillo Deball and Dario Gamboni.

Graphic design: Mariana Castillo Deball.
published in June 2020
English edition
12 x 18,5 cm (softcover), folding leaflets
120 pages (color ill.)
ISBN : 978-3-96436-000-7
EAN : 9783964360007
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