BERLIN KEY MANGLED

Chris Evans, airbrush painting, 2012, 77 x 57 cm

“What is this thing? What’s it used for? Why a key with two bits? And two symmetrical bits? Who are they trying to kid?” The archaeologist turns the Berlin key over and over in her hands. Because she has been told, she now knows that this key is not a joke, that it is indeed being used by Germans and that it is even used – the detail is important — on the outer doors of apartment buildings.

(“How to do Words with Things,” Bruno Latour, Bulletins of The Serving Library #3, 2012)