|Description:||A take on a Maria Eichhorn work: Money at the Kunsthalle Bern, whereby Eichorn used the budget for a solo show at the Kunsthalle to repair long overdue faults with the building's appearance and structural integrity.
Made specifically for an exhibition of works involving â€˜activity not defined by its outcomeâ€™, (based on the Harald Szeeman-curated show "When Attitudes Become Form" also displayed at the Kunstahalle in 1969) I used the budget provided to buy an antique silver token, originally cast to commemorate the burning at the stake of a protestant martyr in 1415.
It was exhibited alongside a proposition for a member of the curatorial team to make an autonomous choice to eschew the egalitarian organisationâ€™s non-hierarchical structure, taking the token as â€˜paymentâ€™ for assuming an authoritative and potentially divisive role as â€˜Sabbatical Officerâ€™, for and beyond the duration of the exhibition.
A parallel offer was also made to any member of the group or public to simply remove the token for their own benefit, a heretical act for a small artistic community. |