“100 Postcards” Features “Book from the Sky”
A scroll from Xu Bing’s Book from the Sky (1987-1991) is featured in the new book 100 Postcards by Yomota Inuhiko, a Japanese author, cultural essayist, translator, film historian and member of the Faculty of Literature at Meiji Gakuin University.
In 100 Postcards, Inuhiko sends one hundred images to one hundred people, along with his words, in the style of the picture postcard. The recipients include cultural luminaries such as Jean-Luc Godard, John Cage, and Chen Kaige. The image of Xu Bing’s scroll accompanies a note addressed to the Korean-born video artist Nam June Paik:
“These hectic days when you would be in NY only for the O-bon Festival and New Years are now in the past. What I recall is Miki Kiyoshi’s words written in Korean on the bathroom wall (I used to think about writing a play, some time ago, about his wretched final days). You told me that the person you thought was truly a genius was Noh Chun-Myung, a Korean poet from some years back.
The day we met was December 30 and a Korean TV network was scheduled to do a story about you. You left an impression on me by saying that, if asked to say a word to people back in your homeland, you’d call for the immediate restoration of the use of Chinese characters in writing.
100 Postcards is published under ISBN: 978-4-903655-05-5. English translations of all of the postcards are included as an appendix in the book. It can be purchased here.