Hermes' lack of words

 Hermes' lack of words

Welcoming divergence, this publication extends certain tangents present in the exhibition Hermes' lack of words. Contributions by: Manon de Boer, Eleanor Cooper, Alex Davidson, William Hsu, Milli Jannides, Emma Leach, Louise Menzies, Rosalind Nashashibi, Will Pollard and Evangeline Riddiford Graham.


When you are thirsty, you watch out for any opportunity to drink and merely pretend to take an interest in other things, which is why it is so difficult afterwards to convey exactly what you experienced. It is very tempting, when you talk about the events of the past, to impose clarity and order upon what had neither one nor the other. It is very tempting and dangerous. That is how you become a philosopher before your time. (René Daumal)


René Daumal, A Night of Serious Drinking (Boulder, Shambhala Publications, Inc., 1979), p. 5.


Published by Artspace


Commissioning Editor: Alex Davidson
Editor: Will Pollard
Proofreader: Clare McIntosh
Design: Index 


Texts by: Milli Jannides, Emma Leach, Will Pollard and Evangeline Riddiford Graham.

Visual contributions from: Manon de Boer, Eleanor Cooper Rosalind Nashashibi and William Hsu.

Cover image and pages from René Daumal’s novel A Night of Serious Drinking selected by Louise Menzies.

Arthur Rimbaud verse selected by Rosalind Nashashibi.


ISBN 978-0-9582804-7-1


Edition of 300
Soft cover, 72 pages
Price $15 NZD


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This publication was made possible through the generous support of the Chartwell Trust.