- Inspired by the works of Gregory Bateson, Erwin Schrödinger and Heinz von Foerster, Fahrner created a collection of 49 books (19 × 26 cm), 32 posters with photographs, and 5 books measuring 26 × 36 cm.
The pattern is not a fixed one: it is more of a dance that moves in a steady series of changing nuances. Finding its variations and recording them in text and images was the subject of this exhibition.
The following principles applied:
- We see things not as they are, but as we are. (Talmud)}
- I see us as climates over which storms threaten, before breaking elsewhere. (Fernando Pessoa)
- … what / SPLENDOUR / IT ALL COHERES. (Ezra Pound)
- But we wake up sometimes, just enough to know that we are dreaming. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)
- The human understanding is of its own nature prone to suppose the existence of more order and regularity in the world than it finds. (Francis Bacon)
- There is no ‘I’ and no Other. And thus there is no loneliness. Loneliness is an ‘I’ state. (b.f.)
Born in 1940, lives and works in Frankfurt am Main. – Studied medicine and art education. – 1982: Begins work on her artist’s books. – 1986 to 1987: The Kunstkammerprojekt, exhibited in Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Switzerland. – 1992: Fellow of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. – From 1992: Regular collaborations with Granary Books, New York; regular working visits to New York lasting several months. – 1997 to 2002: Die zweite Enzyklopädie von Tlön in collaboration with Markus and Fitnat Fahrner. – From 2009: Work on the project das Muster, das verbindet.
Works held by museums, libraries and private collections in Germany, England, the Netherlands, the USA, France, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand. Selection: Düren – Leopold-Hoesch-Museum; Frankfurt am Main – Museum für Angewandte Kunst und Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek; Mannheim – Kunsthalle; Munich – Bayerische Staatsbibliothek; Wolfenbüttel – Herzog August Bibliothek; Mainz – Gutenberg Museum; Offenbach – Klingspor Museum; Den Haag – Rijksmuseum Meermanno-Westreenianum; London – Victoria and Albert Museum; Madison, WI – Elvehjem Museum of Art. Also in numerous American libraries, including Cambridge – Harvard University; Washington, DC – The Library of Congress; Miami-Beach – The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive; New York City – Collection of Steve Clay.