Mario de Vega – Smells like Teen Spirit (TA148) CD



“This latest addition to the Tochnit Aleph catalogue is premised in a haptic interrogation of each of the label’s previous editions (TA001-147). Berlin-based, and Mexico City-born, multi-disciplinary artist Mario de Vega occupied the gallery space of Rumpsti Pumsti (Musik) for three consecutive days in October 2016 with a hitherto complete Tochnit Aleph catalogue, sanding machines, hammer, and recording equipment. Conflating acts of ‘playing’ with destruction, de Vega took to the recorded works and assorted medias with his spartan toolset, producing a discordant document of his repurposing of the complete archive. Reducing the material to a collection of detritus for exhibition, the sound object is presented as both a conceptual remainder of the site-specific process, and an agitated extension to the label. (…)

Edition of 300 copies in six-panel illustrated digipak

documentation of the project:


> Mario de Vega