for THE ALMOST MANUAL: On Asynchrony, Time Lapse, Choreography, and Extravagant Details in Life and Creative Process



L. Gaudreau. (2021).

Part One

Letter to Pier Paolo Pasolini


Pasolini, P. P. (1966). Ucellacci e uccellini [film].

Pasolini P. P. (1968). Teorema [film].

Pasolini, P. P. (1981). Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma [film].


Lynda Gaudreau. (2021).

Letter to Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion


Burrows, J., Fargion, F. (2002). Both Sitting Duet [choreographic work].

Burrows, J., Fargion, F. (2014). Body Not Fit For Purpose [choreographic work].

Gaudreau, L. (2005). Encyclopœdia – DOCUMENT 4 [choreographic work].

Gaudreau, L. (2006). 0101 [choreographic work].

Gaudreau, L. (2010). Out of Grace [choreographic work and installation].


The two pages in the image are from the personal score of Matteo Fargion and Jonathan Burrows for Both Sitting Duet (2002).


L. Gaudreau. (2020).


Vivienne Westwood (1941–). British fashion designer.

Letter to Miklos Gaál


Abbott, E. A. (1998). Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (E. Gille, trad.). Paris: Denoël. (Originally published in 1884).

Lee, P. (2000). Object to be destroyed: The work of Gordon Matta-Clark. Cambridge (MA): MIT Press.



Gaál, M.

Demonstration Day. (2003). 108 x 136,5 cm, digital C-print.

Swimming Lesson 5, from series of seven photographs (1–7). (2004). 58 x 58 cm, digital C-print.

Telephone Booth. (2005). 89 x 112 cm, digital C-print.

Sunday Afternoon. (2003). 13 8x 110 cm, digital C-print.

Morning Walk. (2003). 90 x 110 cm, digital C-print.

Schoolyard 1 and 2. (2010). 89 x 112 cm, digital C-print.

Gaudreau. L. (2010). Dog 1.

Gaudreau. L. (2010). Panda 1.

Gaudreau, L. (2006). 0101 [choreographic work].

Kaufman, C. (2015). Anomalisa [film].


Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978). American artist.

Letter to Alberto Giacometti


Sontag, S. (1961). Against interpretation and other essays. New York: Delta Book. (retrieved December 5th, 2021)



Kyyhkynen Kaisla

Untitled 1. (2019). 104 x 71 cm, charcoal.

Untitled 2. (2019). 100 x 70 cm, oil pastels.

Untitled 3. (2019). 104 x 71 cm, oil bars (beeswax, raw linseed oil and pigment).

Untitled 4. (2020). 100 x 70 cm, charcoal.

Gaudreau, L. (2006). 0101 [choreographic work].

Turell, J. (2004). Cherry [installation]. Paris: Almine Rech Gallery.

Metzger, G. (1959). Auto-Destructive Art. (retrieved February 14, 2015).


L. Gaudreau (2021). Burnings Pages 1, 2, 3, 4.


Trisha Brown (1936–2017). American choreographer and dancer. One of the members and founder of the Judson Dance Theater/Church.

Lucinda Childs (1940–). American dancer, choreographer, and actress. One of the members and founder of the Judson Dance Theater/Church.

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (1960–). Flemish choreographer and dancer. Leading figure of dance in Belgium and beyond.

Judson Theater Church was a collective of dancers, composers, and visual artists who performed at the Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village, Manhattan New York City between 1962 and 1964.

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900). Irish poet and playwright.

Moodymann et Dixon, K. (producer). (2014). Come 2 me .

Letter to Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Ari Benjamin Meyers


Wajcman, G. (2004). Fenêtre, chroniques du regard et de l’intime. Paris: Verdier.

Dieutre, V. (2000). Éloge du vibratile. In La Lettre du Cinéma no 15. Paris: P.O.L.


Gonzalez-Foerster and D. Benjamin-Meyers, A. (2011). K.62, K.73, K.85 [theatre performance].

Rossi, F. (1968). L’Odyssée [TV series].


L. Gaudreau. (2020).


Nick Cave (1957–). Australian singer, songwriter, author, and screenwriter.

David Lynch (1946–). American film director, producer, actor, painter, writer, musician.

Martin Scorsese (1942–). American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor.

Wim Wenders (1945–). German film director, playwright, author, and photographer.

Part Two

Strips with Saana Lavaste

On error, space and ikebana in the making of a theatre play


Photo: Lynda Gaudreau. (2020). In the photo: Saana Lavaste at Harjun Kukka.

Letter to Balthazar

Balthazar is the name of the donkey in Au Hasard Balthazar, the 1966 film by director Robert Bresson.


Bresson, R. (2013). Bresson par Bresson: entretiens, 1943–1983. Paris: Flammarion.

Villani, V. (2008). Dario Argento. Roma: Gremese.


Bresson, R. (1966). Au hasard Balthazar [film].

July, M. (2005). Me and you and everyone we know [film].

Gaudreau, L. (2010). Out of Grace [choreographic work and installation].

Gaudreau, L. (2012). Out of Grace, M Museum, Leuven [choreographic work and installation].

Gaudreau, L. (2014). Out of Mies [installation].

Gaudreau, L. (2006). 0101 [choreographic work and installation].


Dario Argento (1940–). Italian film director, producer, screenwriter, and critic. Influential work in the horror genre during the 1970s and 1980s.

Miranda July (1947–). American film director, screenwriter, singer, actress, author, and artist.

Gena Rowlands (1930–). American actress with a career spanning over 60 years. Also known for her close collaborations in ten films with her late actor-director husband John Cassavetes.

Seymour Cassel (1935–2019). American actor. Close collaborator of independent filmmaker John Cassavetes.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1986–1969). German-born American architect. Regarded as one of the pioneers of modernist architecture.

A fable with Leena Rouhiainen

On diachrony and the alien, through the lens of Emmanuel Levinas and Bernhard Waldenfels


Levinas, E. (2000). Otherwise than Being: or Beyond Essence. Third printing. Trans. Alphonso Lingis. Pittsburg PA: Duquesne University Press.

Waldenfels, B. (2011). Phenomenology of the Alien: Basic Concepts. Trans Alexander Kozin and Tanja Ståhler. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press.


L. Gaudreau. (2021).

Letter to Bartleby and Bartlebys

Bartleby is a character invented by writer Herman Melville for his new eponym written in 1853. Bartleby is an atypical character who refuses all solicitations by answering invariably: I would prefer not to. The writer Enrique Vila-Matas reappropriated this character in Bartleby et compagnie (2009) by imagining a community of negative writers, the Bartlebys.


Beckett, S. (1952). En attendant Godot. Paris: Éditions de Minuit.

Beckett, S. (1963). Oh, les beaux jours. Paris: Éditions de Minuit.

Blanchot, M. (1962). L’attente, l’oubli. Paris: Gallimard.

Duras, M. (1993). Écrire. Paris: Gallimard.

Léger, N. (2013). Supplément à la vie de Barbara Loden. Paris: Gallimard.

Levé, É. (2002c). Œuvres. Paris: P.O.L.


Beckett, S. (1952). Quad [TV series].

Gaudreau, L. (2006). 0101 [choreographic work].

Loden. B. (1971). Wanda [film]. New York.

Opałka, R. Details 1965 / 1–∞. [painting, recording, photographers].

Rauschenberg. R. (1953). Erased De Kooning [drawing].


Roman Opałka (1931–2011). French-born Polish painter, associated with conceptual art. In 1965, in his studio in Warsaw, Opałka starts his lifelong project and began painting numbers from one to infinity. The final number painted was 5607249.

Strips with Tero Nauha

On fabulation, stockbrokers, volatility, glitches, mistakes, and fabulation again


Darabi, Hannah. (2018). Enghelab Street, a Revolution through Books: Iran 1979–1983. Leipzig: Spector Books.

Deleuze, Gilles. (1983). L’image-mouvement. Paris: Éditions de Minuit.

Deleuze, Gilles. (1985). L’image-temps. Paris: Éditions de Minuit.

Guattari, Félix. (2013). Schizoanalytic Cartographies. Translated by Andrew Goffey. London: Bloomsbury.

Hongisto, Ilona. (2015). Soul of Documentary: Framing, Expression, Ethics. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Rodgers, Tara. (2010). Pink Noises: Women and Electronic Music and Sound. Durham: Duke University Press.

Sauvagnargues, Anne. (2016). Artmachines: Deleuze, Guattari, Simondon. Translated by Suzanne Verderber and Eugene W. Holland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Taleb, Nassim Nicholas. (2007). Le Cygne noir: La puissance de l’imprévisible (The Black Swan). New York City: Random House.


Elie Ayache. (1966–). Born in Lebanon, Ayache is an author of many articles on the philosophy of derivatives trading.

John Cage. (1912–1992). American composer, music theorist, artist, and philosopher. Leading figure of post-war avant-garde.

Filippo Tommaso Emilio Marinetti. (1876–1944). Italian poet, editor, art theorist, and founder of the Futurist movement.


L. Gaudreau. (2020).

Letter to a young artist: Bobby


Wittgentstein, L. (1968). Philosophical investigations (G.E.M. Anscombe, trad.). Oxford: Blackwell. (Originally published in 1953).

Price, C. (1984). The square book. Chichester (R.-U.): Wiley Academy.


Herdt, T. (2012). The McAppy Project: How Cedric Price brought systems-thinking to modern architecture. Candide, 10(6), 45–72. (retrieved 1 September 2013).


Tati, J. (1967). Playtime [film].


Robert Bresson. (1901–1999). French film director.

Cedric Price. (1934–2003). English architect and influential teacher and writer on architecture.

A photo-novel with Hanna Järvinen

Detective work: destabilizing self-evidence and cracking the narratives


Motten. F. (2003). In The Break: The Aesthetics of The Black Radical. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Harney. S. and Moten. F. (2013). The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study. Wivenhoe; New York; Port Watson: Minor Compositions.


James Brown (1933–2006). American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer, and bandleader. The central progenitor of funk music.


Lynda Gaudreau. (2020). In the photo: Hanna Järvinen.

Epistolary exchanges between Lynda Gaudreau and Kenneth Siren

Addressing queer selves