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Think Like Clouds

by Hans Ulrich Obrist

Edited by Paul Chan



"Obrist builds layer upon layer of notes, names, and ideas, present on a single plane of paper yet evoking radically different parallel realities."


"Undulating shapes and flowcharts drawn on hotel stationery and printouts of emails map the conceptual terrain of one of the most curious minds in contemporary art."


"Essentially a download of Obrist’s chaotic mind."

— FastCoDesign

Think Like Clouds collects for the first time the diagrams, notes, and drawings curator Hans Ulrich Obrist has made for the past twenty-two years. Obrist has curated exhibitions worldwide and has interviewed personalities in nearly every field of endeavor: from architect Rem Koolhaas to painter Gerhard Richter to author and historian Studs Terkel. During conversations and curatorial work he draws and takes notes obsessively in order to help him remember and expand the topic at hand. But what ends up being drawn on hotel stationery or printouts of emails are more than mere memory aids. Beautiful and enigmatic, they are visual portraits of conversations or exhibitions made up of names, dates, quotes, and loose bits of information entangled with wavering lines and undulating scribbles. Taken as a whole, Think Like Clouds maps the intellectual and historical terrain of one of the most active and curious minds in contemporary art today. With an introduction by Paul Chan and an essay by Michael Diers.


ISBN: 978-1936440-42-9

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-936440-43-6

228 pages

8.5" X 11.75"


Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist is Co-director of the Serpentine Gallery in London. Prior to this, he was Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris from 2000 to 2006, as well as curator of Museum in ... more