Sunday, May 1, 2011

what if...

The great thing about visiting an art exhibition not in a museum or gallery specifically designed for art – the so-called modernist white cube – but in, for example, an abandoned building is that our senses are opened up to the poetry of the unexpected by hoping for surprises in untidy corners. One of the venues of the Singapore Bienalle is the old Kallang airport. In a hangar stands Elmgreen&Dragset’s installation ‘Deutsche Scheune/German Barn’ (bit too neat for a barn though), I walked around their installation (the barn seems to be life size) when something in the far end of the hangar caught my eye (see photo above). Most likely this is not an artwork in any traditional sense, but it reminded me of what Michel Foucault wrote: “Why should the lamp or the house be an art object, but not our life?”

1 comment:

-A. said...

You sure you actually found the exhibition?

Looks like you might have actually got lost in an airport hangar and are trying to pretend you really meant it by quoting Foucault.