VOL. 23
Adaptation (Bartleby)


Adaptation (Bartleby) is an image/text work that refers to Herman Melville’s short story, Bartleby, the Scrivener, as well as to Spike Jonze’s film Adaptation., based on a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman. The text is about a copyist named Bartleby who is employed in a law firm on Wall Street. Over the course of the story Bartleby increasingly rejects the work expected of him with the words, “I would prefer not to.” The film is self-reflexively about the problems encountered by its author as he tries to faithfully adapt a novel into a screenplay.
In Scherübel’s performative adaption of Melville’s story, Bartleby’s motif of doing nothing encroaches upon the process of production itself. Initially, the material is transferred into the field of the performing arts, yet ultimately it appears in the form of theatre photography, as both an announcement and a documentation of a production that will probably never be presented.

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“Adaptation (Bartleby)”, 2015-2016. Detail
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“Adaptation (Bartleby)”, 2015-2016. Installation view, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, 2016, photo: MK
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“Adaptation (Bartleby)”, 2015-2016. Backlit print in light frame, 88 x 123 x 3 cm, digital diaporama on laptop, 39 images, color, silent, loop, plinth, 100 x 75 x 60 cm, wall paint, overall dimensions variable. Installation view, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, 2016, photo: MK
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“Adaptation (Bartleby)”, 2015-2016. Backlit print in light frame, 88 x 123 x 3 cm, digital diaporama on laptop, 39 images, color, silent, loop, plinth, 100 x 75 x 60 cm, wall paint, overall dimensions variable. Installation view, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, 2016, photo: MK
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“Adaptation (Bartleby)”, 2015-2016. Backlit print in light frame, 88 x 123 x 3 cm, digital diaporama on laptop, 39 images, color, silent, loop, plinth, 100 x 75 x 60 cm, wall paint, overall dimensions variable. Installation view, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, 2016, photo: MK
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“Adaptation (Bartleby)”, 2015-2016. Detail
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“Adaptation (Bartleby)”, 2015-2016. Detail
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“Adaptation (Bartleby)”, 2015-2016. Detail
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“Adaptation (Bartleby)”, 2015-2016. Detail
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“Adaptation (Bartleby)”, 2015-2016. Detail
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“Adaptation (Bartleby)”, 2015-2016. Detail
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“Adaptation (Bartleby)”, 2015-2016. Detail