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El ensueño poético, al contrario… | Sebastián Arancibia


El ensueño poético, al contrario… (The poetic reverie, …) is a work which explores the construction of the image of the house based on a page from the book “The Poetics of Space” by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard. In such page, the author quotes a passage from Rainer Maria Rilke’s journal in which the poet relates the moment when himself and two friends encounter a lit hut in the middle of the night. The intimacy found in the most absolute solitude profoundly touches Rilke, who then asserts to have seen night for the first time at that moment.

In the eyes of the author of this publication, the poetically-loaded narration constitutes an invitation to (re)construct the images of the house, allowing for an approximation to the notion of “see for the first time.” To this purpose, the page from the book is iteratively reproduced in order to ceaselessly return over the quoted text, while befitting images from photographic archives are included to enrich our views of the distant house, the ultimate house, the one “that stands quite alone on the horizon before one comes to fields and marshlands.”

This print run is composed of 100, hand-bound, numbered copies.


$15,000 Pesos chilenos (CLP)

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Additional information
Weight 0.120 kg
Dimensions 21 × 14 × 1 cm
About the author

About the author

Sebastian Arancibia (1988) Santiago, Chile

Architect, editor, and Chilean editorialist. He founded Naranja Publicaciones in 2014. This is a space for commercialization, production and circulation of information of artist books and experimental edition. His work links visual poetry in experimental and editorial formats dealing with nostalgia as a topic from literary and material aspects.



  • Coleção de Livros de Artista, UFMG, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil
  • Joan Flasch Artists’ Books Collection, SAIC, Chicago, IL, EEUU
  • Special Collections, Baylor University; Waco, TX, EEUU.
  • Special Collections, The New School; New York, NY, EEUU
  • Centro de Documentación, CEDOC-CNAC; Santiago, Chile
  • Asia Art Archive in America, New York, NY, EEUU

Technical specifications

Author: Sebastián Arancibia

Tecnique: inkjet printing, typewriter.

Format: Softcover hand-bound book.

Publisher: Naranja Publicaciones

Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.6 x 1 cm

Print run: 100 numeres copies

Language: spanish

Year of publication: 2021


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