Reincarnated from Erni Bär, Germany--Dieter Roth: My life as Camenbert (the Fragrant Period)

In an effort to honor the late Dieter Roth, whose opening exhibit in the U.S. consisted of nearly 40 suitcases of rotting cheese, Erni sent me Camembert which arrived the other day. The post office shrouded it in plastic due to the stench, I imagine. I invited friends and family to the grand opening.

Then it was time to assemble the exhibit with the help of an audience member:

Due to the rainy weather, or perhaps cowardliness, only two people showed up for the opening reception.

I am hopeful however, and have left the binoculars case and cheese on the table outside my house near the public sidewalk. I plan to take photographs regularly to document the decomposition of the exhibit or until city officials hand me a citation to clear it away. Lincoln Avenue may never be the same. Flies are already using the cheese as a breeding ground...

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Comment by Bifidus Jones on June 20, 2011 at 6:38pm
diane you crack me up dang i'm crying--the size of government cheese is a cinder block. If your income ain't so impressive, you qualify for one cinder block of government cheese a week. If you collect enough you can build yourself a retaining wall. also gubment cheese is harder than velveeta and has been used as murder weapons Listen to me now Believe me later
Comment by DKULT on June 20, 2011 at 5:45pm
Government cheese: A BIG, HARD MASS; A BLOCK OF ORANGE-YELLOW PROCESSED "USDA CHEESEFOOD" ISSUED BY "DA GUBMENT" this courtesy of the Urban Dictionary. It is basically like  velveeta I think. Do you have that? I hope for Germany's sake and yours, that you don't. It's  very gross like spray cheese. 
Comment by DKULT on June 20, 2011 at 5:13pm
Somewhere Dieter is laughing his ass off
Comment by DKULT on June 20, 2011 at 4:58pm
you need a cheese cam!
Comment by Bifidus Jones on June 20, 2011 at 4:56pm
Diane, no thanks. gov't cheese is chip encoded. Between the rain and the heat, the flies and urban pollution, Erni's staple cheese looks and smells like vomit. My big dream is to photograph the mail carrier observing this cheese before it completely slides off the planet...
Comment by DKULT on June 20, 2011 at 4:55pm
That's just hilarious. Again, I'm stunned they delivered it
Comment by DKULT on June 20, 2011 at 4:33pm
Bifidus=would you like me to track down some government cheese for you?
Comment by DKULT on June 20, 2011 at 4:32pm
Funny:) Hadn't thought of that but it definately could look like that. She has a very abstract mind so it was probably more of  'Let The Cheesy Disney empire burn" .  Erni, I'm assuming when you mailed the cheese it didn't reek? Did they ask you what you were mailing? I can't believe they let you mail that. The USPS really are very very tolerant aren't they?
Comment by DKULT on June 20, 2011 at 4:11pm
There seems to be a rash of cheese art. My young daughter made this last night. Angie sent me that piece of American cheese and it has been sitting out this whole time and remains unchanged. It is so artificial that it doesn't even decompose. I love the way the cheese has melted and look forward to seeing how long they let this exhibit pollute the air:)
Comment by DKULT on June 20, 2011 at 3:38pm
This is really great. I can't believe the cat hasn't eaten the installation

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