Das Zählen der letzen Tage der Sigmund Freud Banknote

Counting the last day of the Sigmund Freud money.

here read a text about this work by me

I started to record my dreams in the summer of 2001 after I saw a 50 Austrian Schilling (ATS) bill on a refrigerator at a party in Brooklyn. I was wondering about the decorative functions of Austrian money in the USA. I was told Sigmund Freud is depicted on it. This was a surprise to me, having used this money for so many years without being aware of its iconography. I soon learned that many fellow Austrians ignored this little fact as well. I found it peculiar and indicative of Freud’s writing itself. With the looming introduction of the new European currency, Austrian legal tender was doomed to disappear. During the remaining eight months that Freud’s paper image circulated in the hands, pockets, cash registries, and banks of Austrians,
I created this dream-artwork, which I entitled Das Zählen der letzten Tage der Sigmund Freud Banknote [The Counting of the Last Days of the Sigmund Freud Banknote].
For this work I tried to remember my dreams and write them down as quickly and accurately as I could, often at the “scene of the crime,” that is, in bed, sometimes shaken up by a nightmare.
After having written down the dream on the computer,
I checked the value of the 50 ATS bill on CNN’s online currency converter. Simultaneously, this online service gave conversions for a number of other currencies.
I complemented these listings with the economic data of two major US stock indexes, the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq. At that moment, I also checked how many books on Sigmund Freud were offered on Amazon.
com and on, a German equivalent to the US online bookseller.

In the period from July 1, 2001 to the end of February 2002, when the actual currency ceased circulation, I produced 144 works with dreams. Thought I mostly slept at night, sometimes I also fell asleep during the day and dreamt. Many works contain multiple dreams, since I quite often dream several times a night. I experienced myself as a serial dreamer.

rainer ganahl on this work: here: Who wants to know anyway ?


here some short wods on this work by Amy Lien (from when this work was shown at Alex Zachary, Bloodflames III show, 2010)

Towards the entrance of the gallery is a dream narrative, a castration fantasy experienced by the artist Rainer Ganahl, involving the late gallerist Colin de Land. In the dream, de Land dives repeatedly at Ganahl’s testicles (Eier), causing Ganahl to scream, “Isn’t it enough that I fucking have to see you self-destroy yourself and now, you want to drag me down with you!” Hung here, the work summons a vertigo-inducing sense of displacement in Alex Zachary Gallery, a gallery space that appears to retain a hint of its own hedonistic-kinky past. Where are we again and what year is it? What is new? What is old? Who do I know?

The dream is part of Ganahl’s series Das Zahlen der letzten Tage der Sigmund Freud Banknote [Counting of the last days of the Sigmund Freud banknote], a body of work consisting of dreams he recorded between the August 2001 and February 2002, when the Austrian Schilling banknote was replaced by the Euro. The works consist of a typed out dream printed onto the same page that held Ganahl’s original scribbles he made immediately after experiencing the dream. To this page, a 50 ATS banknote (imprinted with the stern face of Sigmund Freud) was attached. Other information printed onto this page include of the value of the 50 Austrian Schilling (ATS) banknote, its converted value in relation to other major currencies, the stock index data for Dow Jones and Nasdaq, and the amount of books on Sigmund Freud that were offered on and at that same time. Ganahl took pains to transcribe his dreams as objectively as possible, and contextualized them occasionally with a few details relating to his waking life.




Paul Mattick and Sylvère Lotringer - see below:



a selecdtion of drawings organized by time: (click and close window afterwards to return) ;

August 5, 2001- butter

August 8, 2001 - quiliting

August 14, 2001 park, religion, cemetery exhibition, rossalind krauss, benjamin buchloh, Mai-thu, bike (z)

August 16. 2001 - shaking a dream away; Bludenz, Momoyo, (z)

August 31. 2001 diego massimo decarlo etc (z)s

September 2, 2001- mother, I m flying in a room, roaches, police, urinating in public, court, piss court, Haruko, holocaust, film,

September 19, 2001

September 14, 2001- Lausanne

September 19, 2001- Holzfaellen / wood cutter

September 20, 2001

September 22, 2001- attack from left and right (z - RG)

October 11, 2001- kidney building, attack on terrorism, terrorists everywhere. brand. bludenz, bicuycle. vienna

October 30, 2001

November 1. 2001 Moscow spying (z)

November 16. 2001 - hitchhiking BMW (z)

November 17. 2001- Stephan

November 23, 2001- Verteranen / veterans; Haruko subway, bicycles and terrorists; Philomene Magers;(z)

December 6, 2001- Venice train (z)

December 10, 2001- Raketenberg / rocket mountain, Baumgartner, flood, Momoyo; Chinese

December 15, 2001

December 17, 2001 - Colin De Land, Horrowitz, Jan, eyes and Eier/eggs (z)

December 27, 2001- Bepperling, Drier

December 28, 2001- flying machine memory

January 1, 2002 - BMW father

January 2, 2002 - skying Montafon

January 4, 2002- Geneva show Pasher

January 5, 2002- bicycle flying

January 7, 2002 - WG flying motz

January 8, 2002- Bin Laden and Haru's mother shooting me, Feldkirch and Haruko.

January 9, 2002- Momoyo books

January 10, 2002- history channel

January 11, 2002- Nuit, Serano friends

January 17, 2002- Stephan

February 4, 2002- Okwui (z)

February 10, 2002- Geneva Laurence Weiner

February 11, 2001 - Haruko, guy blowing up (z)

February 12, 2002- Beach DeCaprio

February 13, 2002- Inventor

February 16, 2002- avalanche stones



these works were shown in these exhibitions:

Baumgartner Gallery, New York, 2002

Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna - wall project 2003




d 8.5 x 11 inchesd




Rainer Ganahl (Putnam, CT: Spring Publications, 2005)

with texts by Rainer Ganahl, Paul Mattick and Sylvère Lotringer - see table of content above

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