Each example of Pocket Room consists of a slice of banana pressed onto a card that is rubber-stamped with the image of a table, housed in a plastic playingcard box small enough to fit into the owner’s pocket. The banana slices have gradually grown mold and decomposed; decay has progressed differently in each example, and so each object in the edition is unique. The work was commissioned by VICE-Versand, a German publisher that produced unlimited editions and sold them at modest prices. Issued continuously from 1968 until the late 1980s, this is Roth’s most widely circulated multiple.
Gallery label from Wait, Later This Will Be Nothing: Editions by Dieter Roth, February 17–June 24, 2013.