The Destructive Character

Book, 17x12 cm, 165 pages

Book design for The Destructive Character by Dick Raaijmakers.

The Destructive Character is a commentary on an essay form 1931 by the German cultural philosopher Walter Benjamin, which bears the same title and is included in this publication. In his reaction, Raaijmakers focuses on the fact that the destructive character knows of only one activity: clearing away. By means of a series of telling examples, from Fluxus and Glenn Gould to Laurel & Hardy, John Cage, and his own work, electronics pioneer, multimedia artist and theorist Dick Raaijmakers (1930) discusses the characteristics and the peculiarities of the destructive character inside and outside the arts.


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