Publisher: Self published
Size: 21 x 15 cm (approx.)
Softcover (wire binding) - Box case with book, brochure/poster (English, German, Spanish, French) and relic (wood splinter, mounted on board). Design by behindscreen, open edition.
„Legend has it that in the 9th century the heavenly play of lights of the Milky Way led to the discovery of the tomb of the Apostle James. The location in the ‚field of stars‘ (campus stellae in Latin) soon became one of the most important pilgrimage sites: Santiago de Compostela.
Murderous highwaymen and false confessors, maids who approach pilgrims‘ beds at night at the Devil‘s behest, but also amazing events and manifold miracles are related in Europe’s oldest travel guide: the 12th-century Liber Sancti Jacobi, or Book of Saint James. Back then pilgrims hoped for the forgiveness of their sins, the curing of any disease or divine deliverance from a hopeless situation. Nowadays the vast majority of visitors undertake the journey to the City of St. James for far less pious reasons: sporting ambition, tourist interest or the pursuit of happiness and self-discovery. Not infrequently, the pilgrim‘s certificate is also enclosed with application documents demonstrating social and spiritual skills.
For his Milky Way project, Robert Rutöd went where the ‚sun dies‘ and, according to medieval thinking, the end of the world was located. The resulting photographs are like stills from a bizarre, poetic road movie: the lone pilgrim pursued by a zealous street vendor with his complete range of walking sticks; the taxi driver who, rather than a picture of a loved one, adorns his sun visor with a picture of a mighty bull; the audience in a strange, expectant emptiness, staring at a text on the wall – Next projection 00:00.“