by Scott Helmes
Sir, what are todayís targets?
Thatís not possible, is it, Sir?
No, but do we have a contingent plan?
Why not Merzbau, Sir.
Waldhausenstrasse 5, Hannover, Sir.
It has an air of improbability in it.
But itís German and contains a headless
War veteran playing Christmas carols, Sir.
Is it art?
Itís overlooking Eilenriede, a strategic
View and itís a harmonized social environment, Sir.
Is it lethal?
As an autobiographical depository, its apertures and concavities
Are offensive to the idea of art, Sir.
If we do this, will we have made the world safe from Art?
And, whatís todayís date?
October 8th, Sir
October 8th, 1943.
* Merzbau: A dada/constructivist art work
that consisted of huge abstract grottos that were built in
the interior of Kurt Schwitter's house in Hannover. The work
had sections containing numerous objects and were given names
of an autobiographical nature. Started around 1925, the work
eventually consumed several rooms on various floors of the
large house. It was destroyed in World War II by allied bombing.
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