Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset

Powerless Structures. fig 185 2001
Wood, paint, stencilled lettering
110 x 112 x 112
43.3 x 44.1 x 44.1

Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset

In 1995 Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset began their collaboration on what has since become a wide range of installations, performances and environmental works. In a series of projects entitled "Powerless Structures" the artist duo challenges the conventional perception of space : Architectural and social structures are reorganised in order to investigate the underlying desires of everyday objects and the mechanisms of ideological control in even the simple arrangements of walls, ceilings, entrances and exits. The works from this series deal with the issue of altering spatial conditions within various fields of the public realm : the urban landscape as well as the art institutional architecture. The projects often provide a possibility of actual change: a change of social structures in smaller scale; alterations of Modernistic design or projects which accentuate the options for alternative ways of presenting art within the museum or gallery. The emphasis is put on the deconstruction and reconstruction of meaning in predetermined or institutionalised spaces.

Source: Klosterfelde, Berlin