Water Notebook 2022/23
A few years ago, Klaus Littmann observed a man in China who, with calligraphic care, dipped his brush in water and wrote words of wisdom on the floor. The action was closer to a meditative act than to rebelling against political circumstances. Klaus Littmann now appropriates the peaceful act to share his discomfort publicly. Meaningful sequences from his Water Notebook are now making the rounds on instagram and facebook: BE WATER MY FRIEND - Bruce Lee's poetic verse is gone just as quickly as NO WATER NO LIFE, or: THERE IS NO PLANET B - water blackens the gray ground in circles before heat cuts out islands and grimaces from the simulation of our planet and finally erases everything.
Littmann Klaus (GE)
Traditionally, watermarking is the name given to the signet that allows a valuable paper to be attributed to the person who commissioned it or to the paper mill that produced it. It is not visible at first glance, but the information is embedded in the writing surface and is particularly visible against the light. Basel-Stadt still has to reckon with inconspicuously appearing messages on its ground promptly: Littmann’s intimate artistic practice has reserves. She comes up with messages that insist on reason and foresight at the knee of the Rhine, which also means: on a future with water.