The publication brings together extensive material from Hamlet, mise-en-scène, an homage to Jack Smith presented at Portikus in 2012, along with recently restored and never-published stills, drawings, and writings by the American filmmaker related to his film Hamlet in the Rented World (A Fragment) (1970-73).
Hamlet, mise-en-scène, directed by Mark von Schlegell, was an adaptation that retold Shakespeare's most abused tragedy while channeling the ghost of Jack Smith. The two-night rendition of Hamlet was performed by members of Städelschule's Pure Fiction seminar, presented here alongside a rare selection of works by Smith, both from private collections and from the Jack Smith Archive.
Susan Cianciolo did the costume design for von Schlegell's adaptation!
Edited by Sophie von Olfers and Mark von Schlegell. Texts by Sylvère Lotringer, Birte Löschenkohl, Sophie von Olfers, Laura Preston, Juliane Rebentisch, Mark von Schlegell, et al. Graphic design: Pacific Design Solutions.
Softcover, 288 pages, July 2015.