• 1969-06-00-070a
  • 1969-06-00-070b
  • 1969-06-00-070c
  • 1969-06-00-070d
  • 1969-06-00-070e
  • 1969-06-00-070f

the line of love and life

catalogue number: hdv 1969.074.1
date created: 1969
classification: statements
work type: performance/statement, photograph
medium: series of colour photographs showing the statement/action by herman de vries during the festival in Copenhagen; the action consisted of herman de vries drawing a thread ('line of love and life') through the city center of Copengahen; the action was interrupted by the Copenhagen police. A xerx copy of one of the photos was added to Ta'Box 2½
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comment: Five issues of ta'BOX were published (nos. 1, 2, 2½, 3 and 4), in 1969–1970, with 250 copies being produced of each issue. Originally ta'BOX was going to be published by h.m. bergs forlag, but the inclusion of a cannabis cookie in the first issue of the magazine was too much for the publisher Berg, and after some discussion in the press ta'BOX was published by Panel 13, the composer Henning Christiansen’s (very) small press, which had published artists' books by Hans-Jørgen Nielsen, Per Kirkeby and the composer himself in 1965.
Numbers 1–4 of ta'BOX appeared in transparent plastic bags, which were sent to subscribers as well as being sold individually, whereas n° 2½ was sent solely to subscribers, in a brown envelope the same size as the plastic bag (34 × 25 cm, the size of an A4 page). Unlike a traditional flat, bound publication, this format allowed not only poems and pictures but also three-dimensional objects to appear in ta'BOX.
[source: Thomas Hvid Kromann, 'A Time Capsule from the Sixties – The Little Magazine ta'BOX (1969–1970)', in A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1950-1975 vol. 32 of Avant-Garde Critical Studies (Brill : Leiden 2016) 208-211]
photo/scan: archive herman de vries/l-cs
rights & reproduction: herman de vries