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Secret Ballet

A political thriller (2004) composed entirely of example sentences of the Collins COBUILD English Language Dictionary (1987)

'Secret Ballet' appears to be the easy-to-read autobiography of Jane Swallow, a (fictional) conservative politician. The book describes Jane's troubled private and family life, her creative ambitions, personal intrigues and affairs as well as her clumsy attempts at political mud-slinging and character assassination.

The work's premise is the reconstruction of a shattered mastertext thought of as dispersed across the entire dictionary.

By bringing together the then current topics and phrases, "Secret Ballet" reflects the totality of ideas and opinions of the late 60's, 70's and early 80's.

Additional information about Secret ballet

Killing Time (external site)

Spines of books titled killing time

A novel based on (all) books titled 'Killing Time'.

Other work

Photo composites, a composite text, a pixel drawing, etc.


View article on Houston & Masters book on Psychedelic art

Probing into other people's stuff


Texts around information systems, public transport, interchange engineering (mosty by John Lindsay)


Rug analyses: Attribution, design, technical description, and photos


View art photography matrix

Essay-type stuff, sketches of concepts and ideas


Texts about film, texts to be turned into film


View photographs of Palermo + Monreale

Tourism interfaces; attempt at inverting a fictional EU-funded project


Collection of material around Marsyas (Greek mythology)

Gespaltener christlicher Glaube

Eine pychoanalytisch orientierte Religionskritik (Hermann Fischer)

Detlev Fischer: Biographical note | Links | Contact me

Last update: 30 October 2020 | Impressum—Imprint