For the Bloomberg Space in London I’m building a big forest of burned wooden boards, the charred leftovers of a garden maze. It’ll be a temporary disaster zone that you can walk across, although you never get anywhere. I’ve already constructed the individual segments, smashed and burned them. I’ll use them to erect a pseudo-architectural skeleton at the site, with angular corners and walls.
With the Verbrannter Stall (Burned stable) at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, I was fascinated by the way the interior of the sculpture grabbed me when I walked into it. This immersion, this interplay between inside and outside, is something I’d like to keep developing; I’d like to make it possible to go into the space and cross it. Instead of reacting to the space, I want to create a situation in the space. That’s new for me, even though I often work with a mix of architecture and sculpture.
Another new thing is the direct contextual reference. The Bloomberg Space in London is right in the middle of the City, on Finsbury Square. Bloomberg TV is a business channel that operates a first-class art space featuring a program of international artists. You’re right at the heart of global capitalism. I react to this with a dark negation, a disaster scene, a non-cohesive place from which there is no escape.