dutyfree_*useme, 2000
Installation in: less aesthetics more ethics / Migration, Venice Biennial, 7th Int. Architecture Exhibition, Swiss Pavillion, Venice. Curated by Harm Lux.

useme*s are orange-colored, plastic pillows filled with foam, which were developed and tested during the confortable phase (1999) and now enjoy a public introduction.

useme*s serve as the crumple zone between human body parts and the chosen environs. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg had already known that a large part of our ideas depend on bodily position. Which is why the useme*s are oriented towards need and taste, are practical and portable and, in addition, ease back and neck pain that otherwise diverts thought processes. At the entrance to the national pavilions, they came into use for the first time. For the staff a usemecaddy* was available for collecting left-behind useme*s. The dutyfree_*useme installation was also made up of stockscape*, lockers in which you could deposit your belongings and temporarily become a migrant and tourist. soundscape* broadcast the sounds of airports, beaches and the twitter of birds. Five empty pallets on the ground - marketscape* - offered space for peddlers to sell their wares, who were however soon chased off by the authorities. marketscape* was then used spontaneously as a low-bench seating area. And finally, with pigeonscape*, a feeding arena, the pigeons from St. Mark’s Square were attracted to the Biennial as flying migrants.

useme*-plattform: Ø 400 cm, 900 useme*s
usemecaddy*: 1 golf caddy
useme*s: 4 portable orange objects, polyester with foam filling, weight 400 g
stockscape*: orange outdoor lockers for checking belongings 1000 x 200 cm
soundscape*: 4 loudspeakers mounted on 4 trees, players and audio CD
marketscape*: 5 orange-painted wooden surfaces - legless tables - 200 x 100 cm each, pigeonscape*: 1 metal band filled with food for pigeons 600 x 200 cm inserted in the ground

(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)