SLIGHT AGITATION 1/4: TOBIAS PUTRIH

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“Slight Agitation” is a four-part project of newly commissioned, site-specific works presented in sequence within the Cisterna, one of the pre-existing buildings at Fondazione Prada’s Milan venue.
Curated by the Fondazione Prada Thought Council, whose current members are Shumon Basar, Cédric Libert, Elvira Dyangani Ose, and Dieter Roelstraete, “Slight Agitation” will unfold in four chapters realized by the international artists Tobias Putrih (Slovenia, 1972), Pamela Rosenkranz (Switzerland, 1979), Laura Lima (Brazil, 1971) and Gelitin, the Austrian collective active since 1993.

The title of the project was inspired by the poetic expression “une légère agitation”, employed by the French historian Fernand Braudel to describe the tidal movement of the Mediterranean. This metaphor embodies the Thought Council’s starting point to present interventions by artists whose practices differ considerably in philosophical and material terms, all of them commissioned to interfere and dialogue with the spatial context of the Cisterna and to influence the viewer’s physical experience and all her or his attendant senses through their works.

Renowned for his architectural and sculptural installations, which resemble models, prototypes and the temporary configurations of an often critical or utopic conceptual process, Tobias Putrih realized the first intervention included in the “Slight Agitation” series, on view until 22 January 2017. Through his work, the environments within the Cisterna will take on three different configurations, which all engage with ideas of play, politics and emancipation: a theater for an ongoing brick construction, a tactile ‘blind room’ and a sculpture that turns into a labyrinth.

Fondazione Prada. Largo Isarco 2, 20139 Milano. From 20 Oct 2016 to 22 Jan 2017.

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Photos: Fondazione Prada.

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