Simon Morris; Interpretation Vol. I, 2002
For this, the first volume in a two book series, Simon Morris invited two literary theorists, Liz Dalton and Forbes Morlock, to each write an essay on a topic of their own choosing with fully referenced footnotes. Morris, the artist, then collected their respective essays and erased their titles and main body text, leaving only the floating footnote markers in place in the main body area and the footnotes themselves (in full) in place at the bottom of each page. He then sent Dalton’s erased essay, as an unaltered constellation of footnotes, to Morlock, and vice versa. In what has been wittily described by Sharon Kivland as “an academic blind date”, Morris asked the two theorists to try and write a reconstruction of one another’s essay, with only their own interpretation of the other’s footnotes as a guide. Interpretation Vol. I is the result.