Co-director of the Serpentine and 032c contributing editor HANS ULRICH OBRIST has been drawing since he was a teenager in the mid-1980s. He drew pictures about curating even before he knew what a curator did. When he began his Interview project in the 1990s, as well as public speaking, Obrist used drawing as a method to contain his extreme nervousness and to chart to frenetic thoughts that come through conversation. Using stationary at hand—from hotels, airlines, institutions—Obrist builds layer upon layer of notes, names, and ideas, present on a single plane of paper yet evoking radically different parallel realities. Inspired in part by French writer Georges Perec and the Oulipo literary movement, Obrist’s drawings are essentially a form of public notation.
Badlands Unlimited has just released Think Like Clouds, the first collection of diagrams, notes, and drawings Obrist has made for the past 22 years. The book trailer doesn’t include a single element form the publication itself. Instead, it’s an animation of Obrist’s 3D-scanned head set to a mashup of Nine Inch Nails and Carly Rae Jepsen.
The launch for Think Like Clouds will coincide with a book signing with Obrist at the D.A.P. booth at Art Basel Miami Beach on December 05.