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Deserted Boat Drifting Towards the Moon

Deserted Boat Drifting Towards the Moon

By (author) Jürg Halter
By (author) Uwe Wittwer


Publishing 14th Aug 2023
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    • Works on paper by Swiss artist Uwe Wittwer and poems by Swiss writer and poet Jürg Halter in a multi-layered dialogue
    • Explores in a poetic-painterly manner questions of the individual in the foreign, humanity and inhumanity, and the consolation in art
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    Deserted Boat Drifting Towards the Moon brings artist Uwe Wittwer’s watercolours and writer and poet Jürg Halter’s lyric together in a multi-layered dialogue. Inspired by Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi’s legendary movie Ugetsu Monogatari (Rain Moon Tales, 1953), they intend to trigger a new, imaginary film in the mind of the viewer-reader. It is not a self-contained story they offer. Rather, artist and poet have created a subtle play with hints, fragments, comments, and further narratives. Some of Wittwer’s images are illustrative, others refuse a direct reading. Likewise, Halter’s short poems in some cases are unambiguous and simple, some are equivocal and elude immediate access.

    In a poetic-painterly manner, the book explores questions such as “what is one’s own in the foreign?”, “when does humanity turn into inhumanity?”, or “Is comfort to be found in art?”

    Text in English and German.

    About the Author

    Jürg Halter is a Bern-based Swiss author, poet, and spoken-word and visual artist. Uwe Wittwer is a Zurich-based Swiss artist. The media he uses includes watercolour, oil painting, inkjet print, and video.

    Scheidegger & Spiess
    Publish date
    14th Aug 2023
    Paperback / softback
    World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
    190 mm x 120 mm
    176 Pages
    50 color
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