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Exercise 28: PROFORMA Corridor

15 March 2010

Director: Sergio Prego

Venue: Gallery 1

This exercise’s working materials are the inflatable pneumatic tubes previously installed in the PROFORMA Corridor, which arose for a desire to create an active environment between the museum’s (temporary) inhabitants and its architecture-as-sign. It is an attempt to substitute the aspect of “place” for one of “transit”, and in this sense its ambition is to empty the architecture’s signs of their “content” in order to replace them with the “sense” inherent to the signs acquired through the movement and dynamics that define architecture-in-use, as its most lively expression. More than an installation, we would be dealing here with an “insertion”, something that must retain an independent identity, despite its awareness of the relationship it establishes with its environment. The two poles of this proposal are, on the one hand, the need to generate a gesture on a scale that is significant vis-à-vis the architecture, and on the other, to establish a free-standing order and organisation to manage space in an independent manner. The solution to this equation is not to be found within the proposal itself, but rather in the device’s aesthetic process, which implies an internal structure on a primary level and the experience of transforming and being transformed by the device on a secondary level.

The exercise consists in involving all participants at once in reorganising the tubes, both by transforming their sizes and by including new segments. A number of variations will be applied in order to alter our perception both of the original architecture and of the tubes as objects.

The exercise sways between the radical approach of considering all contextual factors that affect our perception of art as a totality, and on the other hand a moral commitment to artistic creation that reaches beyond the specific limitations of a given location and the need for the object’s autonomy as a locus of freedom for thought.