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Prix 1987 - 2007

ORF Oberösterreich

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Constanze Ruhm

This work is about permutations that are applied through language to objects and through objects to language. Three objects belong together: a table, a chair, and a set of shelves. Thus, three images are to be understood as one representation. The depicted sculptures consist of letters. Letters - the smallest components of language - are used in two different ways. They form one specific object (table, a chair, or set of shelves) that has an everyday utility value, but they also form a word. This gives rise to a meaning, but also to a semantic problem.
A non-congruent description of reality springs from an artificial hypothesis, an object is its own meaning or means another object, or makes a statement about a nature or quality. Perception thereby becomes un-unequivocal/ un-clear: an object looks like a chair, but claims to be something else. So one cannot rely on language or on visual representation. In addition, some objects do not fulfill their functional promise, because the arrangement of letters does not allow it.