Speaker: Per Hüttner Swedish Artist
Language: English, with Chinese translation
Swedish artist Per Hüttner invites the audience to participate in an experience that draws directly from the exhibition Model Home, the architecture of the Rockbund museum and reflects on time and temporality. It will mix the traditional format of workshop, artist talk and performance and will comment on Model Home’s goal to investigate the relationship between the workers’ contribution and the statue of the artwork in the museum.
By departing from the classical idea of communication where a single speaker utters a clearly defined idea that is transferred to the group. Hüttner will replace theinformation transmission with mutual inspiration by activating the four senses apart from vision to reinvestigate the past of the building. During the week leading up to the presentation, Hüttner will lead a workshop with a small group of architecture students (4-8 people). They will together with the artist investigate the traces of the past and how they have been negotiated and renegotiated over time in the architecture. Special attention will be paid to how details and traces of other activities in the museum and how we can imagine the lives of other therein.
In this presentation the group will mix images, stories and performative actions. Special focus will be given to the fact that the words of Hüttner are translated into Chinese and therefore ‘repeated’ twice.
The performative actions will be interspersed between the parts of the more traditional presentation and carried out in absolute darkness. We will pay special attention to sound, smell, taste and touch in order to emphasise a different aspect of the ‘Total Work of Art’:
1. The group of invited students and participating artists will move around in the absolute darkness and create and play back immersive sounds that are related to the history of the building (including westerners reading Chinese and vice versa). Since these will take place in absolute darkness, the audience will be prone to hear the three dimensionality of the sounds and the space.
2. In the dark a long rope will be put across the laps of each row of the audience. The audience will be asked to move the rope from left to right together. Objects are tied to the rope that will evoke sensory experiences that will be enhanced by the darkness and relate to the workers who have built and maintained the building.
3. The group of invited students and participating artists will move around in the absolute darkness with objects that produce different smells that relate to the history of the building.
4. We are in the process of developing special ‘tools’ that allow us to use taste without endangering the artwork on display.
The details of the presentation will be developed in collaboration with the architectural students and the group of artists that make up the participants for ‘Think Again’.
主讲：Per Hüttner 瑞典艺术家