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Ann Cotten
FAST DUMM – Essays von on the road

Cotten Cover

With “FAST DUMM” Ann Cotten, whom Paul Jandl has termed the “smartest and most difficult poet working in the German language today”, provides further evidence of her challenging investigations of reality. A multi-layered book on journeys and reflections, a loosely organized collection of essays, poems, and photographs, as well as renderings of sections of work by Cotten’s favorite authors.


  • Editor

    Manfred Rothenberger in collaboration with Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg

  • Text

    Ann Cotten

  • Photography

    Ann Cotten

  • Design

    Timo Reger

  • Language


  • Details

    Hardcover, 21 x 14 cm, 248 pages, 17 ills. in color, 9 ills. in b/w

  • ISBN


About the product

Ann Cotten’s accounts of her travels through the US shortly after Donald Trump was elected 45th President of the United States form the narrative framework to this dream-like trip, during which we encounter the ambivalent circumstances acting on the soul and the present moment in different climactic and political zones. Cotten describes a harried, wretched country full of severe conflicts, social divisions, and intrinsic fault lines.

Ann Cotten has included other texts before, in between and after these accounts, as though to anchor her American essays in counter-realities: a report on her participation in a bizarre symposium in Moscow along with the entire art historical lecture she was booked to hold there, the previously mentioned poems and photographs, a flashback to Vienna, in which the author critically questions her daily work routine, and finally also an assessment of “FAST DUMM” from the future.