back

learning from eindhoven, 1992
Video installation, De Fabriek, Eindhoven.

In their 1979 book Learning from Las Vegas, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour wrote that only by exaggeration can you incite attention in a space crammed with resources. When however the curators’ interest is slight, the means available small, but the exhibition room large and empty, Chiarenza & Hauser happily reverse this thesis to a minimalist strategy and reduce the exhibition area to a segment of twenty percent. The remaining space is entered via a sluiceway where you are first subjected to a blinding glare and then left to emptiness. The exhibition was restricted to one day, including the opening and the finissage. In the video shown on the TV set next to the bar, the artists thank all the sponsors they importuned, who wished their project much success but neglected to support it financially. A photograph shows the artists in stocking masks before the wall inscription: “The wrong work at the wrong time for the right place.”

(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)
.