Anča Daučíková: Scene Book

Scene Book
Anča Daučíková
Published by Vargas Organisation, London

100 copies
36 sheets, 297 × 210 mm, coil bound
ISBN 9780956194749

Published on the occasion of the exhibition 33 Scenes by Anča Daučíková, The Function Room, London, October 2014
Publication design by Anthony Auerbach

The thirty-three short texts published in 2014 were written mainly in 2005 and 2006 and consigned to two friends. The Scene Book is a coil-bound A4 pad containing thirty-six tabulated sheets for recording a place, person(s), situation and notes. The situations recorded are located in the Soviet Union, mainly in the 1980s.

The book does not resemble a book. Barely less discreet than its first mode of distribution — which had reached two people — Scene Book rather dissembles a book, transmitting it in disguise. The sheets are numbered, and the reports are dated, but the scenes are not arranged chronologically and do not appear to be arranged in a logical or thematic way. They are vivid and consistent only as fragments. The form of each report, if this is what it is, suggests the presence of an eyewitness. However, the notes may also be read as instructions for the enactment or re-enactment of the scene, perhaps for a movie.

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