F.R. David - The Iditorial Issue
F.R. DAVID- a journal published twice- yearly by de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam- focuses on the "status" of writing in contemporary art practice. Writing as a mode that informs and feeds, supports and describes, back up and interprets, comments and reflects upon contemporary artistic production. Writing as ‘the core material’ of a number of artists but equally as a mode that exists parallel to or in service of the visual.
“The bizarre order in which the seven days of the week appear in the current issue of F.R.DAVID is modelled after the sequence of KarlHeinz Stockhausen’s opera cycle 'Licht', starting with “Donnerstag am Licht” (work on which began in 1977) and ending with “Sonntag am Licht”, the part with which the composer finally concluded the series in 2003. In Stockhausen’s cycle, the subject matter of each opera mirrors (however opaquely at times) the traditional mythological attributes ascribed to the various days of the week—not a concern that exerted any influence on F.R.DAVID’s appropriation of this structure, which is no more than a homage in passing. Each editorial was conceived and written, however, within the space of a day, with various elements recurring, echo-like, throughout the week that was. So far, 'Licht' has never been staged in its entirety, and it is not known whether Stockhausen ever meant it to be.”