THE FOURTH POLE
introduction: Tomke Braun
design: Burrow, Berlin
publisher: Edition Taube
“The expedition diary presented here brings together recollections, and charcoal drawings of the first expedition to the Fourth Pole. In contrast to Mount Everest, the highest point on earth and sometimes referred to as the Third Pole, the Fourth Pole is the lowest continental point. Situated in a terrain that, like no other, is marked by decades of political disputes between religions and states, its current form is of relatively recent origin and the result of the dwindling water level of the Dead Sea. The expedition shifts the biased perspective onto this terrain by declaring the region a Pole and, in so doing, it opens an imaginary space that is not so much defined by national coordinates as by topographical and autobiographical ones. “
–– excerpt of the introductory essay by Tomke Braun
|Softcover, thread-stitching, 132 pages, 20 drawings, cover screen printing, edition of 500,|
|14.8 × 10.5 cm|
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The installation of the flag is depicted in a video (6 min, https://vimeo.com/166976248 Password: tfp), and the book takes the form of an expedition diary. The text is written in four languages – Arabic, German, English, and Hebrew – which make their way from the front and back covers to the center of the book, where you find a visual dialog between the two expeditioners about a place that they don’t know.
The text is partly based on our personal experiences while walking through the political territories that were mostly unknown to us, and partly, on research about this specific area that we re-named as the Fourth Pole.