|The Public Projects part IV: Arsenal, Poznan, PL 2002|
The Public Projects
Analyses, Critics and Experiments in Audience Behavior
During the past five years different works were initiated which had a focus on public behavior in art and non-art spaces. These pieces consist of both passive and interactive parts. The public made the works by either acting in a certain way, fulfilling a specific event, performing in a more or less free area or an array of the above mentioned. The core of this undertaking was to do research on how the public acts and reacts to the artpiece's wishes, artistic conventions and to the artistic concept known as 'social sculpture'. By mixing up logical self-reference, the concept of choosing to see what one wants to see and the commonness of certain behaviour as well as by zooming into trivial actions and reformulating them in a sometimes selfreferent way or by juxtaposing these actions to others, a new vision on these were encountered by the public after their interference. The artist functioned mostly as a mediator in these pieces. He drew the blueprint of the pieces which were actually built by the public.
Part IV: Election / Wybory
Galeria Arsenal, Poznan, Poland
What if I came up with a group of ideas and let the public choose what they want to see? That was the main point of part IV. I had asked about thirty fellow-artists to send in an idea for this exhibitionspace. I had sent them a letter with a 3d-drawing of the space as well as a floorplan. In the letter I asked them to come up with an idea for the space. I received about 25 ideas which I hung upon the walls of the exhibitionspace. At opening #1 people could elect an idea. After counting the votes, idea #14 won. This idea came from Sonja Kruit. It had the title From Poland with Love. I had to ask girls to lipstick-kiss a napkin and let them float on air in the space. Two days after the election opening #2 took place. It was the presentation of the idea, it was a presentation of what the public said they wanted to see.
The Electible Ideas
The Worked Out Idea (I)
Ladies kissing napkins
The Worked Out Idea (II)