FAXINATIE / FAXINATION by André Thijssen
Signed copies by André Thijssen & Hans Wolf
The total correspondence comprises 4030 faxes. Counting holidays, weekends and interruptions, that’s more than two a day over the course of six years.
For more than six years, between February 1992 and April 1999, Hans Wolf and André Thijssen faxed each other almost daily. They shared and duplicated their fascination for the puzzling, curious image. The image that was always more a question mark than an exclamation mark. Day in, day out, they played with expectations, thumbing their noses at the decoders, the sifters, the clarifiers of meaning. Of their extensive fax correspondence, 4030 A4 sheets have been preserved. For this book, they selected 634 sheets from a metre and a half of folders.
The word ‘fax’ is an abbreviation of the Latin ‘facsimile’: an accurate copy. These fax correspondents are not interested in the copy, but in the new image. The fax as original, to boost the imagination.