Sunday 7th June 2015, 2:30pm
Getaway #4: Florence Jung
Florence Jung chose this Sunday’s getaway destination. *)
– That is, only if it is a warm, sunny day. Florence says her destination only makes sense on a warm, sunny day. Luckily enough this Sunday might be a warm, sunny day: 27 degrees, no rain, some clouds, a slight breeze, according to the newest weather forecast. Although she gets involved in deep discussions on land art and is really fond of Walter de Marias “Lightning field”, Florence might be more of an indoor person. She has a very neat apartment in the historical area of Biel. In her apartment more space is taken up by books on conceptual art than by furniture. Florence can tell great stories, maybe the most entertaining stories I have heard over the past few years. –
Florence did not show up at 2:30 at Counterspace. There was an envelope that I had to deliver. When we opened the envelope we found a note and cash. Bills.
The note said:
IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS
IN EINEM SEHR GROSSER KLEIN
VENEZ ME CHERCHER
So we stood there and discussed. I was not allowed to say anything although I knew. It was hard. I knew it would be a sort of treasure hunt. I knew the destination. More or less. The others did not have a clue. Literally not one. They discussed a bit. Using a telefone joker (calling an artist friend of Florence) they found out that “In search of the miraculous” is the title of Bas Jan Ader’s last art piece, where he sailed off on a raft into the Atlantic Ocean and never came back. Water. A boat. That’s as far as it got us. The rest of the note stayed terribly confusing for the longest time. Gone-by-exhibitions in Rapperswil, Maurizio Cattelan, loads of very small but very important things entered and left the discussion in circles. When German grammatics moved into the center of attention, I could not take it anymore. The hint I gave pointed towards the monochrome blue sehr grosser Klein!
Some hints later we got on a pedal boat on the lake and within no time at all found the treasure. Florence and a tightly filled ice compartment. In the middle of the sehr grosser Klein called Zurich Lake. The following hours passed like a in dream: Pedal boats attached together, prosecco, swimming, sunset on the lake, dolphins around us. The End.
Good to know: If on a sunday afternoon all the pedal boats are rented you can always get one of the Ruderboots. They’re not that popular.
*) Mirjam Bayerdörfer invited Florence Jung for this fourth Outside Sunday.