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CAI GUO-QIANG

 

Danger Book: Suicide Fireworks, artists' book / object, 75 x 41.4 x 2 cm. /29.5 x 16.3 x 0.8 inches, edition of 9 unique books, each book is individually titled, 2008

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The artist mixed gunpowder with glue to draw various pictures in each Danger Book and placed a bundle of matches on a striking strip along the base of each book’s spine. A dangling string was attached to the bundle of matches to entice the reader to pull on it and thus ignite the book. The concept described by the artist is as follows: ‘Be careful of books. Be careful with books. Be careful or one can become a weapon-wielder. Be careful or one can become the victim’. The concept and design was done by the artist.

Each book is unique. The photo documentation of the making of the prototype was done by Tatsumi Masatoshi. Ming Kai Leung, Lukas Hauser (Camera) and Lauren Petty (Video) were in charge of the video documentation. The video shown at the Blood on Paper exhibition was courtesy of Cai Studio, New York and Bejing. The production of Danger Book: Suicide Fireworks has been possible thanks to Cai Guo-Qiang, Tatsumi Masatoshi, Hong Hong Wu, Michelly Yun, Mariluz Hoyos, Alicia Lu and Mc Connelly/Hauser. Each book is signed and numbered by the artist.