Nothing Gained with Dice is the second solo presentation of work by Croatian artist Mladen Stilinovi? at e-flux. While the 2010 exhibition Artist’s Books focused on that form, with which Stilinovi? has continuously been engaged since 1972, the most recent exhibition offers broader insight into the great variety of media and themes that characterize Stilinovi?’s work—with its interweaving of politics, language, art, and daily life—while tracing them back to his earlier and lesser-known experiments in poetry and film. The exhibition, titled after a quote from poet Paul Celan, which Stilinovi? uses as the opening line of his text “On Money and Zeros,” foregrounds the crucial link between his visual work and language and poetry; while the early films, which Stlinovi? produced in Zagreb’s so-called amateur cine-clubs, call forth his passionate dedication to auto-didacticism.
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