- La derniere breve
- Series of interventions in daily paper 'Le Republicain Lorrain'
- In cooperation with Le centre
d'art la synagogue de Delme/F
- For one month, Michael Blum
has published one short item per day in the regional daily paper Le
Republicain Lorrain, which covers Metz's region and has an edition of
170,000. The news items were to focus on remote regions, either
physically or emotionally. Barely different at first glance, they
appeared in the international section, neither signed nor announced.
Oddly enough, the editorial board has always placed Blum's items at the
end of the Reperes section, a collection of short news, in an attempt
to identify the artist's intervention in full camouflage gear.
- The 26 publication days cover
the whole alphabet, from Azerbaidjan to Zimbabwe. This system implies a
random factor in the selection of stories, which therefore makes the
very choices of the paper more noticeable. They appeared in the
international section (1 page, sometimes 2), except twice (sports) and
sundays (week-end magazine).
- The whole series used various
strategies: exoticism (stolen drain covers in Vientiane, Laos),
closeness (teachers suspended over love affairs in Botswana), shift
(car crashes instead of suicide-bombings in Israel), reversal (gun
brought into Jr. highschool by ... teacher, in Utah) or shortcuts (Bata
shoe factory in Uganda burnt, as the original factory is located near
- A publication will be
available by the end of 2004.