Adib Fricke – Standarts of Happiness

Adib Fricke

Word Worlds
He collects words like other people collect shells or starfish. He hoards terms, archives word combinations, catalogues sentences, finds and invents new ones. In 1994, he founded The Word Company, and since then he has been producing words that are like pictures: he invents protonyms, neologisms without (as of yet) meaning. He coins terms like protonym. The created word receives a meaning, a sense through the habit of use.
Adib Fricke creates brands, labels, logos; the establishment of The Word Company is a logical development. The word company, as excessive as it is senseless.
Fricke’s main interest circles the word, he devotes himself to words in the multiplicity of their levels of meaning. In his recent works, he takes existent words as a point of departure. His »test drillings« lead him to bodies of texts. Interrogatives can be philosophical ones or come from the »thinking corner.« His numerical way of proceeding develops into a search for terms that interlock and lead to a formal context, or a context of content.
Fricke’s medium is language, a conglomerate of sounds and syllables that form words and sentences—important to him is not
a concrete reference or an attributable quotation. He disassembles and filters the gathered texts with small programs written by himself. This results in large quantities of text fragments that are separated from their sources. He saves fragments as material »to be worked on« in a database that operates according to his rules. If a find is attributable, it looses its value for the collection. In this way, Adib Fricke also cunningly operates against the principle of the art market that feeds on the ability to attribute. Language is decoded, sentences become words, words become syllables, syllables become sounds. A new world of language comes about.
Text: Anne Maier

Fr. 13. July to Su. 15. July ETF! welcomes the summer holidays and says goodbye from Bonn

Friday, 13 July 2018, 16.00 to 24.00 h Artificial walks, bed sheet cinema under stars, clogs and clowns

Saturday, 14 July, 14.00 hrs Family Tours and Planting Campaign

July 15, 11.30 a.m.
Finissage tour with individual ETF! artists from the region


The 17th edition of ETF was opened on April 18th in Bonn.

Ehemalige Volkshochschule
Kasernenstraße 50
53111 Bonn

NEW Duration: 19.4.-15.7.2018

Opening times:
Wed-Fri: 4pm – 8pm
Sat-Sun: 11am – 5pm
also on bank holidays

Free Entry!

A contribution to the European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) 2018 and the German Sustainability Action Days 2018 (30.5.-5.6.)


ETF! was awarded "Best international exhibition in Chile in 2017" by the Chilean Circle of Art Critics.

Pictures of ETF! 2017 in Parque Cultural de Valparaiso, Chile can be seen here .


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