The work reading shadows (2018) forms part of Mark Schreiber’s installation work round letters turn sounds (2018). In this work, Schreiber was keen to explore aspects of translation and his own kind of artistic deciphering
—from texts to sounds and images—for which he chose the anthology Lesebuch (1967) by the concrete poet, Hörspiel author, writer
and artist Franz Mon. Schreiber was fascinated by its references to sound and by his associations in this book to space, both in content and physically in the pages themselves.
As a final photographic result, reading shadows stems from a collaged copy of the book’s contents page, photos of Schreiber’s own shadows on the pages, and elements that he could use for defining certain parameters in his sound composition. The photograph was printed on both fabric and paper. The sounds come from audio recordings he personally made of Mon performing various activities in his Frankfurter studio. Some sounds were also processed further.
Mark Schreiber is a South African artist who was born in Johannesburg in 1970 and currently lives and works in Frankfurt am Main. He received an MFA from Bauhaus University in Weimar and a BA in Sonic Arts from Middlesex University in London. He has participated in residencies in France, Kosovo, and Germany and has received several grants and fellowships for his work, including from the Hessische Kulturstiftung and the Stiftung Kunstfonds. Participated in group and solo exhibitions and performances in Europe and South America and collaborated with artists such as Dan Perjovschi, Axel Stockburger and Lee Gamble.