presque tout (almost everything), 1991
Video- and audio installation, Kunstraum, Aarau. Curated by Brigitte Morach.
In order to entice visitors to the exhibition, Chiarenza & Hauser hoisted a green flag on a silo tower outside inscribed with the words “Fast alles” (almost everything). Inside, however, professional discretion reigns: partitions force the public into a narrow room. From behind the partition they overhear an interview with an art collector overlaid with a radio transmission and recordings taken of boisterous children out swimming. Because visitors press their ears to the wall to hear better, a greasy spot slowly forms. By means of a sensor, the ambient noises are connected to the stroboscope and disco lights flickering indirectly onto the ceiling of the room hidden behind the partition. Two TV sets – one above the partition, one above the curtain this side of the partition – show two analogously conceived videos that take up sequences from the fountain talk show. Marie-Antoinette Chiarenza and Daniel Hauser scour the horizon through field glasses. In the background, city views are run past, as well as extracts from news broadcasts (among others, CNN), political discussion panels, TV shows and feature films. During the vernissage, Chiarenza & Hauser spur on the curiosity of the public. Each time guests discover writing on the tablecloth under their plate, the place is cleared, but only reveals an acknowledgement instead of any worthwhile information.
(Excerpt from text by Susann Wintsch, in: we save what you give, monograph on RELAX, A project by edition fink through Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2006)