FOR WHEN ALL

For when all that was read was …
so as not to be unknown

Kassel, Germany, 2012

For when all that was read was … so as not to be unknown is Judith Barry’s guidebook to the “Brain” section at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany.


Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, artistic director of d(13),
thematized this rotunda space as the international exhibition’s through-line: a curated “paradox, a space of many secrets, a space of violence, and a space of potential healing.” The guidebook, which uses its unique paper architecture to remap the associative histories and labyrinthine nature of the “Brain,” takes the form of a series of pages, an artist’s book, and also a sculpture. Contained yet expansive, it is printed as a poster but may, alternatively, be folded into a legible, three dimensional object; exhibition materials are presented in a non-hierarchal, non-linear array, as if to suspend its contents in a recursive space.

Offset printed lithograph
23.5 x 31.5 in. (poster),
5 x 5 x 5 in. (polyhedron)
Edition of 200
Produced with Project Projects

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View of folded watercolor version of the book

Judith Barry_Artist_Installation_For when all

View showing “Brain” section from entrance

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Installation view of For when all that was read… installed in mirrored vitrine exposing the underside of the folded books and posters

Judith Barry_Artist_Installation_For whe

Installation view of For when all that was read… installed in mirrored vitrine exposing the underside of the folded books and posters