Publisher: Aachen: Magdanz Verlag, 1997
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No Binding
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 101856
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First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink verso the final page by Magdanz. No Binding. Broadsheet newspaper contained in a heavy cardstock slipcase with photographer's stamp on front. Photographs and text (in German, Russian, French, English, Dutch, and Japanese) by Andreas Magdanz. 50 pp., with 30 half-tone plates printed on newsprint by M. Brimberg Druck- und Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Aachen, Germany. 20-1/4 x 13-5/8 inches; folds to fit into 10-3/4 x 14-inch heavy cardstock slipcase.
New in Near Fine slipcase (top edge bent, else Fine).
Aerial photographs, landscapes, images of abandoned homes, deserted city streets, and forlorn pedestrians punctuate Madganz's text reflecting on the consumer-driven mining operations that are rapidly destroying the Rhineland countryside and villages.
From the English text: "In the fertile lowland, north of the Eifel, where the three cities of Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf form a triangle, colossal excavators can be seen digging up the earth and piling it into long-stretching hills that look like designs straight from the drawing board, toy mountains overpowering the landscape, lined up with trees as if sown by machine. From the depth of the dug out basins, as large as lakes, the brown coal is taken to be used in the nearby power stations. From the cooling towers condensation clouds resembling white flags are blown across the sky, ever present cloud-making machines above a low horizon. It could almost be a poetic landscape but, alas, is a demonic one.
The subterranean fuel supplies are the cause for villagers to be driven away when their homes move ever closer to the edge of the abyss....[T]he excavators crane the necks of their conveyor belts, rumbling along the countryside like delayed dinosaurs; insatiable herbivores whose food was turned into coal through a geological accident, they belatedly take from the earth what they missed through their extinction.... However, the villagers are not fleeing from prehistoric animals but from the devouring materialists of the power stations. Their consumers will ultimately be displaced villagers once they have moved into houses on the new estates that have sprung up almost alongside the path of destruction, estates that appear to be grouped around a historic village centre...except the village centre is missing. Their new houses will have more sockets than the old ones, the sale of which will enable them to partly finance their new houses, they will use the electricity that was gained from underneath their old homes, but, with the best will in the world, these new estates can never be home. Have they fled from themselves?"