Delfina Foundation

Experiment: Constructions in Space

08/03/16

Date: Tuesday 8 March
Time: 18:30-21:00
FREE

RSVP essential: guestlist@delfinafoundation.com

Join curator Marina Noronha in a one-night-only exhibition-without-artworks in appreciation of pieces that, for different reasons, have been reported no longer suitable for display. Guests can enhance their visual experience through a hallucination exercise and ingest the exhibition in its cocktail form.

Constructions in Space is a series of exhibitions that promotes the use of altered mind-states to conjure visual experiences. Visitors get an opportunity to look at artworks that are not available in the present time and space through imaginary modes of representation. As the artworks themselves do not feature, the series opens up possibilities for unsuitable artworks to be again presented in public. A cocktail form of the exhibition contains structural gestures of the artwork; and a hallucination session helps visitors come to a resolution of where the “artness” of the missing artwork might be.

In its first issue, the series recognizes the relevance of the deteriorating status of the artwork Construction in Space: Two Cones (1938) and its replica (1968) by Russian artist Naum Gabo (1890-1977). The artwork, a sculpture made of celluloid acetate, started to alter its appearance by 1960, due to the until-then-unknown deteriorating property of the material itself. By 1990, the deteriorating state was also noticed in the replica, confirming the will of the work to change its first assigned structure and properties. Since then, Constructions in Space: Two Cones, is considered by the artist’s estate and the collection to be no longer suitable for public display.

Note on Schedule: 

Guests are welcome to arrive from 18:30, there will be guided drug-free hallucination sessions at 19:00 & 20:00, each followed by the opportunity to try a specially concieved cocktail. It is not required that guests remain for the entirety of the event.