Theory looks exactly like a spiral notebook which is widely used throughout Germany by students.
Only the title Theory instead of Student is a challenge and reveals a difference. Gloria Glitzer’s book is entirely handmade, printed by a risographer. A the place where one normally finds the name of the company, one reads the words To have and take or give and take. This is a quote from Lawrence Weiner's book and opera with Peter Gordon.
An accompanying pen is inscribed Exactly wrong, a frequent expression of Kenneth Goldsmith, who advocates to use mistakes as a means of creative writing. The title Theory refers to the book of the same name by Kenneth Goldsmith calling for the reinvention of creative forms of writing in the face of digital disruption. Goldsmith's book is published on 500 sheets of paper and packaged unbound as a stack of paper to be photocopied. — Maike Aden
Should we grab the pen we are handed and write on that blank notebook? Or should we consider the object only in its critical and referential distance? The success of Theory lies in this The success of Theory lies in this strong double position, both theoretical and practical. The ball is in our court, and in the end it is up to us to decide if we are able to continue the work, to appropriate it, and if we are able to continue the work. and if it would not be a question of destroying it in order to better accomplish it. A perfect dialectic. — Bertrand Schefer