Curators statement - Socle du Monde 2008
The historical starting point
The Biennial Socle du Monde takes its source in a specific and unique local history with broad international perspective. In Herning - back in 1961 - Piero Manzoni creates a work that has since become canonised in European art history. The work consists of a simple grip, placing a small base on the earth's surface and to appoint the planet to a great work of art. The work bears the title 'Socle du Monde, socle magic n. 3 de Piero Manzoni, 1961, hommage á Galileo'.
Art as magic
The sculpture Socle du Monde makes the whole world into a work of art. The sculpture transforms with great metaphorical force all creatures, all animals, all people in all at once to be seen as art. Once and for all, a total unity of thought as well as in the territory is created. A borderless all with infinite great relativity. The work’s acquiring of world phenomena, is a highly transformative act that is more about the act itself and the energy in it than the inherent force of the things.The simplicity of the material emphasizes the artist's visionary transformation force. Pure alchemy.
Socle du Monde is a work that deals with the potential of the imgination. The sculpture indicates a dizzying perspective on life. The small base will only truly live when the mind travelles out into space and imagines the planet itself as a great work of art resting on the empty space. Manzonis project is the mirror in the artist Marcel Duchamp's statement that 'everything is art' including the universe. Earth may, by extension, be seen as a big 'object truvée' ( found object) in the tradition of Duchamp. The appointment of something as art and not the actual execution is at the center.
Manzonis focus on the very definition of art and how something becomes art means that he begins to work with the base as a form - that is, the sculpture’s or art’s base. Manzonis magic bases are 'tools' with which everything becomes art.
They invited artists - Magic, seduction, identity and storytelling.
The Socle du Monde sculpture’s generous proposal that all potentially is art, gives undreamed-of possibilities for the participating artists, working under total artistic freedom, to cooperate with the participating businesses to create entirely new works.
They invited artists to Socle du Monde Biennial in 2008 share the conceptual basis of Piero Manzoni. In different ways, they have worked with the art concept itself and our ideas about the world: About our perception of the world and the stories we surround ourselves with in order to understand it and ourselves. About the seduction and magic of Art.
It is a selection of Danish artists, which encompasses wide. The artists, many of them with a great international career, work with many different issues and in many media, both more traditional media like painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing but also newer media such as installation, photography and video. All artists are part of an international trend, where nationality ultimately plays a very small role. They are all working in different ways with the question of how something becomes art, including how art can help change our view of the world.
Work Nature today has become significantly performativ and inconstant. A characteristic of many of the invited artists is the intention of engaging in connection with the world, preferably via a direct activation of the beholder. We will be invited to participate in the art in more or less literal sense, and thus becomes co-creaters of the work's meaning.
The art has always been and remains the place in our society, which offers a lung. The art makes it possible to exceed limits and achieve new recognition - to experience those magic moments that tear us out of everyday monotony.
By Stinna Toft, curator