David Zink Yi.
Horror Vacui.


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n.b.k. Exhibitions Vol. 13 – David Zink Yi.

Edited by Marius Babias, Kathrin Becker and Sophie Goltz

Double book, each 240 pages, with illustrations (mostly in color), soft cover, German/English, 19.80 Euro / 15.00 Euro (members), Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2012, ISBN 978-3-86335-114-4


On the occasion of the 2011 advancement award “Catalogs for Young Artists” given to David Zink Yi by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung, for the first time there is an artist’s book by David Zink Yi. In the center of the book is the two-channel video installation Horror Vacui (2008). The work documents rehearsals of the band De Adentro y Afuera, which Zink Yi founded together with Cuban musicians, and combines them with recordings of music-based rituals of Afro-Cuban origin: Cajon, Tambor Batá and Wiro. Zink Yi juxtaposes the band’s rehearsals and the ritual practices in the video–as in the book–in an equilibrated way, thus revealing the structural similarity of these everyday actions. The essence of this similarity lies in the nature of imagining space as collective plenitude, as polyrhythm. Horror Vacui stands for Zink Yi’s artistic involvement with cultural everyday practices such as dance, music or meals–not so much as ethnic attributions rather than as examples of the establishment of identity and community. It is the artist’s first comprehensive publication.

With a preface by Marius Babias, an interview by David Zink Yi and Kathrin Becker and Sophie Goltz.

The book was published on the occasion of the exhibition
David Zink Yi.

The publication can be purchased at local bookshops, via the website of Buchhandlung Walther König, and at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. Members of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein can buy the book at n.b.k. for the special price of 15.00 Euro.