5 to 9 December 2012

Künstlerhauspassage, 18 bis 22 Uhr

Kate McIntosh


Get to work! This is Kate McIntosh’s call to the visitors of her installation. They are offered an absolutely rare opportunity: the wanton destruction of all kinds of objects is asked for in Worktable! With brute force or through tender disassembling. Whoever needs more than his or her mere hands, McIntosh provides them with the suitable tools and protective gear. But nothing may remain intact here. However, whoever thinks they might be allowed to cut and run afterwards is sadly mistaken. Once you have registered for Worktable you pass through a number of rooms, whereby the demolition room is only the first one. Further rooms with subtly issued instructions will follow. Worktable fundamentally questions whether the product cycle that abundantly produces ever-new things is the only viable approach for today’s consumer society. For the broken things do not land in society’s rubbish tip in Worktable because they have been deprived of their original function. Worktable creates a situation in which it seems possible to rethink these things and to extract new meaning from them beyond their mere usability.

Concept and realisation Kate McIntosh Artistic Assistance Anda Skrējāne Thanks to Bruno Roubicek, Hester Chillingworth, Caroline Daish, Palli Banine, Ant Hampton, Joe Kelleher, Tim Etchells, Adrian Heathfield, Simon Bayly 

A commissioned work as part of the festival Performance Is a Dirty Work by the Roehampton University London.
In co-operation with the Künstlerhaus k/haus Vienna.

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