A chimical and techno-sensual experimentational work

Invited to the Kusthalle Basel this summer for her first solo exhibition in Europe, Korean artist Anicka Yi, who lives and works in New York, wished to produce a monographic book printed entirely on incense paper, which is meant to be burned, releasing a particular scent.

Anicka Yi’s materials of choice are perishable substances: fried flowers, powdered milk past the use-by date, potato chips and snail slime. Often immersed in glycerine, resin or wax, Yi’s sensory creations testify to her interest in techno- sensual chemical experimentation that is psychologically charged.

In search of a poetry of a sense of smell

In search of a poetry of smell, for the Kunsthalle Basel the artist worked in close collaboration with Lafayette Anticipation, Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette to create a scent linked to memory loss. This perfume made by Barnabé Fillion impregnated sheets of incense paper for several weeks. The maturing process, which had to be altered to allow the sheets to be printed, was carried out in a laboratory specialising in biotechnology and nanotechnology. All that remained was to decide what types of printing and binding would give shape to these scents in an exceptional book, compiling works by Anicka Yi and critical texts.

The fruit of research and experimentation, which Lafayette Anticipation conducted for the artist with local and international experts, the limited-edition book was given the title of the eponymous exhibition 7,070,430K of Digital Spit. Not only exhibited at the Kunsthalle Basel but also gently burned according to Anicka Yi’s instructions, the book gradually discharges its amnesiac odour.

A project by Anicka Yi co-produced by Lafayette Anticipation, Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette on the occasion of the artist's solo show at Kunsthalle Basel from June 12 to August 16 2015. Partners: Kunsthalle Basel47 CanalMIT, Lafayette Anticipation, Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette.

A limited edition artwork-as-publication: Anicka Yi, 7,070,430K of Digital Spit, A Memoir500 copies numbered and signed . Published by Kunsthalle Basel, in co-production with Lafayette Anticipation, Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris.

Monograph: Anicka Yi7,070,430K of Digital Spit, A MemoirBy MIT List Visual Art Center et Mousse PublishingPublished on the occasion of the exhibition Anicka Yi: 7,070,430K of Digital Spit, at Kunsthalle Basel, June 12, 2015-August 16, 2015.