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Appointment with Sigmund Freud

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In February 1998, I was invited to create an exhibition entitled Appointment at a house at 20 Maresfield Gardens, London, where Dr Freud lived and died. After having a vision of my wedding dress laid across Freud’s couch, I immediately accepted. I chose to display relics of my own life amongst the interior of Sigmund’s home.’—Sophie Calle

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Hardcover, 156 pages
Published July 17th 2005 by Thames Hudson (first published September 1st 2002)
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Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I bought this book after catching Sophie Calle's amazing exhibition "Take Care of Yourself" at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art north of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2010. I have read it several times since, and it has become one of my favorite books, or should I say favorite art pieces? Because that is really what it is.

There is something incredibly intriguing about the photographs and accompanying texts, a raw honesty that may be related to the bizarre reality shows of today and some people's desire
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I can't help but evaluate this in light of having already ready True Stories, where most of this is reprinted with a better, more thoughtful design, and expanded form. I'm glad I read True Stories first. One of the things his lacks is the closing to True Stories, which I found most powerful. It's closer to documentation of a show than a bookwork and the installation shots aren't incredibly compelling.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A quick read and a great example of documentation that becomes its own artwork. The installation at freuds house is rendered here into a book with photos and some sort of relationship to the original but with its own path of understanding. The piece is personal and speculative and marked with the intimacy that marks all her work. And it's a quick read.
Aug 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Sophie Calle somehow got permission to do an art installation at Freud's last home, in London. The installation consisted of the placement of personal items of hers in various locations in the Freud home, including his study and bedroom. The book consists of pictures of the installation, together with the written notations which were placed by the items, explaining them. The notes are highly personal to Calle's life, so the effect is something like an artistic analysis with the long dead father ...more
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
How did I hear about this book? I can't remember now. It's intriguing, interesting like when you go to an exhibit that inspires you to copy it, do your own version of it, almost like an assignment. Remember in To Kill a Mockingbird when Scout goes through her box of treasures? Everyone has mementos. Sophie Calle displays her own in the context of Sigmund Freud's London home, now museum, in an installation part of a series of "artist interventions" (as the curator James Putnam puts it). Each keep ...more
May 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
I go back and forth between thinking that Sophie Calle's work is very narcissistic and bravely open and personal. I love her for her focus on the material evidence of the events of her life and that I can never differentiate between what in her work is fact and what is fabricated.
Oct 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'm pretty sure that Freud is rolling in his grave... voraciously scribbling down afterthoughts.
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so clever and interesting.
her life projected onto freuds house!
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Sophie Calle is a French writer, photographer, installation artist, and conceptual artist. Calle's work is distinguished by its use of arbitrary sets of constraints, and evokes the French literary movement of the 1960s known as Oulipo. Her work frequently depicts human vulnerability, and examines identity and intimacy. She is recognized for her detective-like ability to follow strangers and invest ...more