GABRIEL SIERRA : Instruction (2000)
Turn all the clocks from the museum or from the place the exhibition takes place back one hour.
ELMGREEN & DRAGSET : Dinner for Two (2002)
Choose a dining table, round or square, but not too big.
Cover the top with a table cloth and place two white china plates, two sets of forks and knives and two wine glasses on it. Pull the table cloth off the table and leave the cloth and the crashed china and glasses on the floor beside the table.
(a thin and not too solid quality of china and glass will give the best result)
About the artists:
Gabriel Sierra was born in 1975 in San Juan Nepomuceno, Bolivar Colombia. He lives and works in Bogota Colombia. Through simple yet meaningful interventions with quotidian objects, Gabriel Sierra presents his viewers with an anthropological study of the language of architecture. His work evidences a keen interest in the social codes that govern our interaction with our surroundings, with a particular focus on how these norms can be changed or subverted through the manipulation of architectural dynamics. By transforming these behavioral codes, his work addresses issues related to the observation and perception of everyday life. He is also attentive to the subconscious influence that context and logic have upon our relation to space. For Sierra, there is a fine line between function, utility, and subjective thought, just as there is between design, architecture, and art. By manipulating the form and function of the objects he uses, he alters habitual expectations and associations. It is in this destabilizing of expectations that Sierra’s work achieves its most potent effects, both within the space and the mind of the viewer. Gabriel Sierra received a degree in Industrial Design from the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogota in 1999. He has been an artist in residence at the Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco (2012); Gasworks, International Residency Programme, London (2009) and CAC Centre d’Art Contemporain de Brétigny, France (2006). His most important exhibitions includes: Thus Far, The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2015), Thus Far, Peephole, Milan (2013); Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, United States (2012); Gabriel Sierra, Centro Cultura Banco Brasil (CCBB), Sao Paulo, Brazil (2012); Compuesto Verde, CAC Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge, France (2006); NO DIGA SI DIGA OUI, Objetos y Estructuras Parafuncionales, Alianza Francesa, Bogota, Colombia (2004). His work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2013); The New Museum, New York (2012); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, United States (2012); Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, United States (2010); Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil (2009) among others. He has participated in various biennials, including the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2011); the 11th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France (2011); and the 28th São Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2008).
Artists Michael Elmgreen (born 1961; Copenhagen, Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (born 1969; Trondheim, Norway) created instructions for the piece, Dinner for Two (2002), as part of of the book do it: the compendium. A duo based in Berlin, Elmgreen and Dragset have worked together since 1995 making sculpture and installations that challenge our perceptions of everyday life. Their often humorous takes on architecture and art put a twist on normal scenes to comment on modern culture. The duo met in Copenhagen in 1994, when Michael Elmgreen, was writing and performing poetry, and Ingar Dragset, was studying theater. They started collaborating in 1995 and moved to Berlin in 1997. In 2006, they bought a large 1000m2 former water-pumping station dating to 1924 in Berlin’s Neukölln borough from the city and converted it into a studio. In 2008, Elmgreen moved to London, and in 2015, he moved back to Berlin. Since 1997, the artists have presented a great number of architectural and sculptural installations in an ongoing series of works entitled Powerless Structures in which they transformed the conventions of the 'white cube' gallery space, creating galleries suspended from the ceiling, sunk into the ground or turned upside down. For the Istanbul Biennial in 2001, they constructed a full-scale model of a typical Modernist Kunsthalle descending into the ground while located outdoor among ancient ruins. Their work has also been shown in the Berlin, Gwangju, Istanbul, Liverpool, Moscow, São Paulo, and Singapore Biennials. Further exhibitions include transforming the Bohen Foundation in New York into a 13th Street Subway Station in 2004; their best-known project Prada Marfa, a Prada boutique inaugurated in 2005 and sited in the middle of the Texan desert; and their exhibition The Welfare Show in 2005-2006 at Serpentine Gallery, London / The Power Plant, Toronto / Bergen Kunsthall, Norway / BAWAG Foundation, Vienna, which was critically acclaimed.