Obscured by Clouds, 2009
Table 70 x 500 x 185 cm, document folders, 2 vibrating motors, 15 NATO metal ammunition boxes, USAF military analogue analyser, electric switchboard, inverter, electric cords (total weight, 370 kg)
Site-specific installation, VBL Studio Legale e Tributario, Rome
A series of document folders chosen by the artist from the professional activities of the collector are placed on a large table in a meeting room, stacked on top of one another: “telecommunications,” “natural gas pipelines,” “space debris,” “public works” etc. Two powerful vibrating motors fixed to the bottom of the table are activated at random intervals producing vibrations of various durations which, over the course of a few hours, cause the folders to open and fall to the ground. Hidden in the shadows, boxes of ammunition and their contents produce a threatening sound. The table, now completely clear, is used for meetings and negotiations and can be reactivated at will.
Courtesy the artist and Magazzino, Rome