a project by Alexandru Niculescu, Daniela Pălimariu, Cristian Răduță
part of Art Encounters 2017 (Timișoara, 30.09 – 5.11.2017)
CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS: Jorge Peris, Ken Ueno, Paul Dunca, Chika Unigwe, Bogdan Ghiu, Mandy El-Sayegh, Thomas Tsang, Anetta Mona Chisa, Martin Piaček, Svätopluk Mikyta, Liliana Mercioiu, Ada Munteanu, Daniela Palimariu, Cristian Raduta, Alexandru Niculescu, Adrian Iurco, Mihai Iepure Gorski, Mihai Rusen, Cosmin Moldovan, Anna Ceeh, FUCKi̶s̶m̶ Toshain & Ceeh, Franz Pomassl, Diana Manole, Radu Cioca, Pavel Braila, Maria Pop Timaru, Viktor Vejvoda, Delia Popa, Adelina Ivan, Dan Perjovschi, Larisa Sitar, Kate Sutton, Reka Csapo Dup, Adi Matei, Giles Eldridge, Darie Dup, Dan Vezentan, Olivia Mihălțianu, Dan Acostioaei, Viktor Vejvoda, Thomas O’Grady
In the studio practice in general, almost with no exception, each creator has sometimes confronted the desire or even the need to destroy some of their works, with many famous stories on this. Some authors destroy works that no longer represent them, youth works or works that they simply don’t like anymore. Sometimes, the wrecking is complete, other times it becomes the beginning of a new creation process, and the destroyed work becomes raw material for a new project. While radical, these gestures are often seen as liberating.
Sandwich proposes a transfer of the complete annihilation of an artwork, from the creator to the public, through a process terminus in which the visitor has the chance to deconstruct artworks, up until their complete destruction. The project avoids recreating new works, through combining or modifying them, but aims for total disappearance, once and for all. Visitors are thus encouraged to attain, through their chosen destruction method, the smallest possible form of the chosen artwork.
Process terminus starts from the premise that destruction is in itself creativity, and the performative act that implies the physical action necessary for reducing the chosen work to its zero moment is, in fact, constructive. Sandwich assumes the role of an art sanitarium and applies an ecology of ideas. Not only it encourages the destruction of things that are no longer desired, but offers space for new projects, it liberates and creates support for new concepts. Moreover, the project discusses attachment and renouncement to one’s own ideas, images, objects.
The artists accepting to contribute works to the project have the chance to happily part with stages they have already surpassed, with the marks of failed try-outs and experiments, with old projects that simply obstruct new ones. What’s more, both artists and visitors have the chance to reflect on the effects of overproduction, of surplus and over-saturation, not just in the art-world, but on a general scale.
* COMMITMENT towards contributing artists:
We guarantee the complete destruction of the artworks. No part of the artworks will be moved out of the exhibition space or be used, in any way, in another context. The resulted debris will not be used for another project, but will be disposed of as soon as Art Encounters 2017 is over. The author will sign a declaration that he/she own the right to the artwork, that he/she voluntarily renounces it and that he/she agrees with its complete destruction during the project. We cannot accept works in collections or of other authors. Optionally, the author can indicate the method in which the work is to be destroyed.
* TERMS of destruction (for the participating public):
The enrolling for participation (made on the spot) involves signing a declaration in which the participant agrees to only destroy one work that he/she freely chooses, that he/she will use the protection equipment and will not keep any parts of the destroyed object.
sandwich reclaims the hidden potential of a residual space between two utilitarian buildings and uses its own constructive limits in order to provoke new solutions. sandwich functions as an independent art space since April 2016.
Art Encounters is a biennial art event that brings together the national art scene, in dialogue with international guests, within an ample program of art exhibitions, debates, workshops, performances and art in public space.
2017 Curators: Ami Barak, Diana Marincu