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33 illustrations, 32 in colour, cloth binding

Publisher Note

What in the work of Lisa Schiess seems to be accompanied by the loose allure of the game character proves to be a method of reflecting on the question of art between unambiguity and ambiguity and at the same time leading it out of the hierarchical system of production – presentation – reception, writes Elisabeth Grossmann in her introduction.
The publication “Das Würfelspiel” presents the work of the same name by Lisa Schiess on the one hand, and attempts to encircle the concept of play on a large scale on the other. In five essays, various authors explore the aspects of the topic. As an aside, the concept of art is also examined in terms of its connections to play.
Beat Wyss writes in his contribution to the publication: We can use art for play; the two words were exchanged as synonyms in an older meaning. Hegel’s sentence paraphrases itself in this sense: “Art has a higher seriousness than life. In art as a game, the forms of arrangement of accidental necessity become apparent, which are freely chosen by the artist, but must be strictly adhered to”.

Artists’ Book

Das Würfelspiel

by Lisa Schiess

Release Place Zurich, Switzerland
Release Date 1996
Artist: Lisa Schiess
Printrun 600
ISBN-13: 978-3-906086-14-9
Dimensions 18.0 × 24.0 cm
Pages 64
Technique Offset Printing