Der Greif #13: Surplus Management (with Penelope Umbrico)

2020 | Print Publication, Virtual Performance

Buy Der Greif Issue 13 by Penelope Umbrico


As guest editor of issue 13 of Der Greif, Penelope Umbrico launched an open call for images of surplus. Requesting images that could be combined with others, she strung them together to create a
new space within these pages. Here multiple individual images have become one collective space: global points of local views are localized into a singular global view. Umbrico sequences these images to create an underlying narrative around order and disorder that registers our human relationship to the objects we make.

Each image is numbered in order of appearance in the sequence, but the pages are intentionally unbound, allowing them to easily become out of order upon viewing. The issue is printed on surplus paper found at the printer. We invite owners of the book to create their own order of the unbound spreads and upload them to a specific archive on our website.

For the launch event, we asked artists, curators and critics to contribute their own version of the issue. We brought all contributors together in a virtual launch event to present the issue and the contributions.