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Hans-Ulrich Obrist seems a man whose attention is always partly someplace else. Whether sitting through a panel presentation or a one-on-one interview, he may find a piece of paper and begin to pen impressions upon it, as though to release the kinetic energy that accumulates during spells of listening.The Swiss-born curator and author has done a lot of listening. This found expression in "The Interview Project," which has seen him record thousands of hours of conversations with artists and intellectuals.There are also many of the artist's books on show. For Obrist, her leporellos – concertina books that gradually drifted from text-centered to ever-more figurative objects – were the show's essential starting point. Obrist sees his show as a follow-up to Kassel's twice-a-decade art spectacular Documenta 13, which hosted an Etel Adnan exhibition in 2012 .Throughout her career, Adnan has expressed herself in diverse media – poetry, essay, a novel, paint, pen-and-ink, film and, most recently, sculpture. When describing the range of her oeuvre, Obrist has invoked physics' Superstring Theory – an effort to explain all of the particles and fundamental forces of nature in one theory.
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