“Can an event be annihilated by its documentation?”
“Due to a technical error parts of the discussion are eliminated from the transcript.” So begins Phantom Settlements, a book that you do not read so much as traverse – through notes, figures, reproductions, maps, instructions, and misdirections. A book about deception and lies in art (so it says), it challenges our perception and recollection of histories. Copious footnotes are already circled within the text. Printed with a risograph – essentially a copy machine with vibrant ink and rapid output – which bases an image’s color construction outside of the expected CMYK palette. The most prominent color is a deep red ochre, recalling Mallozzi’s discovery of ochre-striped ivory that inspired 1:1.