Titok (Secret)

Edition of 5: 1996/8
12″ x 12″ x 12″
20 artists, writers and one musician, were asked via letter to send, inform or instruct the artist about a secret. As the secretist, Silverberg used their responses to create this artwork.

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The bookwork consists of 27 4″ blocks that form a 12″ larger cube consisting of 3 layers of 9 cubes each. Some of the boxes are fully closed, some have peepholes and some are open with additional boxes within. The exterior and interior faces of these blocks are covered with over 200 images and texts produced by photography, photocopy and drawing (among others). The imaging on the blocks functions like a maze through which the viewer/participant proceeds, exploring the ideas and feelings suggested about secrets. Each block has hidden material within that makes noise and/or scent; a 27 part violin and voice piece, Music for Boxes, was composed and recorded specifically for the viewing of titok.

titok is not a linear narrative, since secrets, a priori, cannot be known or they cease to exist.

The book was commissioned for “In The Flow: Alternative Authoring Strategies,” with the final exhibition held at Franklin Furnace Gallery in NYC.

Contributing secrets: Beattie and Davidson, Sylvia Benitez, Yvette Biro, András Böröcz, Agnes Eperjesi, Dan Georges, Frank Gillette, Martin Kubaczek, Endre Kukorelly, Louise Lawler, Jean Louis LeBreux, Jennifer Lytton, Gabriel Martinez, Warren Niedich, Laura Parnes, Geza Perneczky, Simcha Shirman, Wolfgang Staehle, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Paul Stang, and the X-Art Foundation.