Simulacra, simulacrum, n.
Friday 20. April 2012
Art on site permanent installation /// aluminum cast, painted /// Hoffman - La Roche, Basel 2012 /// Simulacra, simulacrum, n. ' (from Latin likeness or similarity) suggests that the imitation of a state, an object, or an environment is being reconstructed by means of selection and recombination. I realized this work for Room 21/101 that has been restored back into its original state (from 1936) with great effort and care. The space emits a greatness with a deep sense of peace and almost clinical emptiness. Its walls are fitted in soft withe cloth panels like a box to preserve a piece of jewelery. For Simulacra, simulacrum, n. I pinned 23 aluminium casted and painted objects in three rows one above the other to each of the two short side walls. Using the grid that is commonly used to show the complete set of human chromosomes. The method of impalement I borrowed from the insect collection. The 23 objects or simulacra of one wall are repeated in mirror image on the opposite wall. The forms and details of the objects are inspired by medical images or models of viruses, cells, organic materials, organs as well as geometric bodies. The objects are to be understood as fantasy images, new combinations and imitations which show something that remains invisible or incomprehensible in the 'natural'. In Simulacra, simulacrum, n. I’m combining three basic ideas. Firstly, Humans have 46 chromosomes, of which two sex chromosomes. Secondly, the collection as an instictive human attribute. Thus including the "hunting and gathering" from the prehistoric period as a survival strategy, as well as the collection and preservation as a cultural basis and moral value propagation, and the preservation of values for our descendants or the provision of research materials. Thirdly, an insect collection is a collection of dead insects and groomed for scientific interest and/or aesthetic reasons. In order to view the animals from all sides and at the same time to protect them from damage they are impaled with pins on a soft surface.