Images, as absolute as possible
Case Study #3: Piero Manzoni: The first is to let loose twenty or so white chickens in the rooms of the museum.
In 1962 while working on the installation of his room for the exhibition of the Zero Group at the Stedelijk Museum, Piero Manzoni describes to Peeters some of his current projects, although these are not to be realized. The first is to let loose twenty or so white chickens in the rooms of the museum. The works were published in the Tate catalogue ‘Piero Manzoni, Paintings, reliefs & objects’ (1974).
At Damien and the Love Guru unrealized works by Piero Manzoni are arranged. During the four days exhibition Kristien Daem takes the quote ‘Images, as absolute as possible’ very literal and appropriates the text, the original ready made, and turns it into a ‘fabricated’ readymade. The interpretation of the work she considers as a new result and not as a copy. It is like making things of art in a new presence. She executes the descriptions of the unrealized works by means of different strategies: performance, live streaming, inkjet printed paintings. She explores not only the limits of time and space of the gallery but also those of youtube and social media.
The first day of the show, the gallery is turned into a live performance room where she lets loose twenty white chickens. The gallery space is not open to the public. The performance is live broadcasted with an iPhone device and instantly published through a youtube channel shared on the gallery’s website and social media. The exhibition can be viewed worldwide. The time of the live broadcasting is limited to the time of the performance.
The second day the video will be displayed in the exhibition. Three paintings are hanging on the wall of the first room. An unlimited edition of the notice ‘In here is the spirit of the artist’ is presented on a base. All objects are white and lack color.