OEEN GROUP SHOW GALLERY

DIAGRAM SHOWING HOW TO VOTE

DIAGRAM SHOWING THE CONSEQUENCE OF VOTING 'NO'

DETAIL OF 'BUILDER' AND GRAVEL

THIS IS A SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATION MADE FOR THE UNUSUAL SETTING OF THE FIRST EVER OEEN GROUP SHOW, HOUSED IN A CONTAINER ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF AN OPERATIONAL BUILDING SITE IN CENTRAL COPENHAGEN.

VISITORS TO THE GALLERY MUST FIRST NAVIGATE THE BUILDING SITE, WEARING PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND CLIMBING SCAFFOLDING, TO REACH THE EXHIBITION.

SELF-DESTRUCTION REQUIRES VISITORS TO PARTICIPATE BY CASTING A VOTE AS TO WHETHER THEY THINK THE ‘ARTWORK’ IS ANY GOOD OR NOT. THE ‘ARTWORK’ REFERRED TO IS A MINIATURE MODEL VERSION OF THE CONTAINER (BEING USED AS THE GALLERY), WHICH IS POSITIONED PRECARIOUSLY ON THE EDGE OF AN INSTITUTIONAL DESK.

ON ENTERING THE CONTAINER, ALL VISITORS ARE ISSUED WITH A PIECE OF GRAVEL. THEY CAN USE THIS GRAVEL TO CAST THEIR VOTE, BY PLACING IT THROUGH EITHER THE ‘YES’ OR ‘NO’ HOLES IN THE TOP OF THE ARTWORK.

THE MORE ‘NO’ VOTES THE ARTWORK RECEIVES THE MORE PERILOUS ITS POSITIONING ON THE DESKTOP BECOMES UNTIL EVENTUALLY IT MAY TOPPLE OFF AND FALL INTO THE TUB OF COLD WATER BELOW.

THE AUDIENCE MUST MAKE THEIR DECISION CAREFULLY. IF THEY VOTE ‘NO’, NOT ONLY ARE THEY DECLARING THE ‘ARTWORK’ TO BE NO GOOD, BUT THEY ARE ALSO SUBCONSCIOUSLY ASSISTING IN ITS DESTRUCTION.

THOSE WITH A FEAR OF HEIGHTS MAY FIND THEIR DECISION SWAYED BY THE FACT THAT THE VULNERABILITY OF THE ‘ARTWORK’ STRONGLY RESEMBLES THEIR OWN PREDICAMENT WHILST VISITING A GALLERY ON A BUILDING SITE TWO STORIES ABOVE GROUND LEVEL.

WITHIN THE INSTALLATION THE INSTRUCTIONS OF HOW TO VOTE ARE GIVEN TO THE AUDIENCE BY THE ‘BUILDER’ WHO APPEARS, IN SCALE WITH THE MODEL CONTAINER, ON A MINI TV ALONGSIDE. THE BUILDER TAKES AN UNSYMPATHETIC ROLE, NOT CONVINCED OF THE ARTWORK’S WORTH SHE CALLS ON THE AUDIENCE TO HELP MAKE THE FINAL DECISION.

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VIEW VIDEO CLIP OF THE DANISH BUILDER

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SELF-DESTRUCTION (BUILDING SITE BALLOT)