Asked to take part in Documenta 8 as a designer, I thought it my duty to offer some practical service, which I hoped would “....provide respite from the demanding nature of the artist’s imagination.” A News Centre, issuing nothing but facts, I estimated, would do the trick. Reuters were kind enough to sponsor the room and provide the news, both in teletext and the old tickertape systems.
A pair of scissors, a ladder and a bucket of pins were supplied to help post the tickertape news on the wall. In practice the volume of news proved too much for the attendants and the room was overwhelmed by the tickertape printout.
Extracted from Everything but the Walls by Jasper Morrison (Lars Müller Publishers, 2006)