Up to this day I am not sure whether
the term "collector" applies to me. People who are
called, or call themselves, collectors usually discover their
passion for collecting things very early in life. Butterflies,
stamps, prints, chocolate wrappers, football cards from cereal
packets, or notebooks full of thousands of car number plates
have been the object of their passion for collecting. I never
collected anything - unless you count impressions and encounters.
When I drive from A to B, the first
thing that comes into my head is how can I return from B to A
without using the same route. For me new impressions, new perspectives
and new views are expressions of taking delight in 'the new'.
"Life is like a never ending holiday" - at least as
long as it does not repeat itself. Boredom is slow death. Collecting
is always a little like losing your sense of reality, the misguided
belief that you can make impressions permanent and thus gain
a piece of immortality.
Holiday-makers document their escape
from the drabness of everyday life via video or camera. Paper
snapshots, photographs of vantage points, "Bella Vista"
are the beginnings of a passion for collecting. Lager louts collect
hangovers, frequent fliers collect miles - everybody is a collector,
Collecting is the opposite of weightlessness.
OK, I am not a collector, but an enthusiastic
exhibition organiser. I love planning exhibitions, discovering
new things and presenting the selected results of my personal
It has always filled me with joy and
pride to have put a good exhibition together with works that
nobody had seen before, with new pieces which I had discovered,
and for which others, trusting my expertise, were prepared to
pay money in order to see them as well.
Discovering and obtaining works of
art is one thing, but sending them back after an exhibition,
packing them up, insuring them, filling in carnets, etc., is
another. Much simpler to just keep them. You can then reach into
your own archives for further exhibitions, you can exhibit beautiful
pieces in two places at the same time, you can distribute holograms
spontaneously, you are independent as an exhibition organiser.
Looking at it this way, I am an exhibition
organiser who collects his exhibitions - funny that, I am not
a collector really!
Matthias Lauk spoke in the