This accordion reflects Stilinović's interest in what was happening in the everyday life of the street and in the images and language people were putting up in the streets. In an undated interview with Stilinović speaks about this accordion, "I always look around on the street....Hairdressers for example, particularly kept up with the signs for hairdressing places since 1939 (I found out about this year later) up to 1977 when I did this little book. So through these hairdresser's signs, history could really be seen...I looked at adverts for restaurants with lambs on a spit, and compared them with car mechanics, who structured ads very differently...".
12 pages, single sided, individual pages 4.75" (height) x 6.5" (width) when fully open 6.6".
Mirroring his interest in film-making, the accordion format mimics film in its use of individual frames to construct something larger than each segment. Of this book, which was originally created using the most basic of media, pen and rubber stamps, Stilinović used a number of aphorisms that constitute Ludwig Wittgenstein's celebrated book Tractactus Logico-Philosphicus (1921). Stilinović's attraction to this book was no doubt Wittgenstein's own interest in language and his book's attempt to identify the relationship between language and reality, and his efforts to define the limits of science. It's interesting to note the contrast between the 'poor' materials Stilinović used in the construction of this book and the deep metaphysical nature of Wittgenstein's 'aphorisms' that constitute the heart of the book.
10 pages, single sided, individual pages 6" (h) x 3.75" (w) and when fully opened 3ft 1.5".