For the installation Huttner makes use of the unique situation of having a gallery in a hotel. Odysseus returned from his voyages such different man that not even his wife recognised him. And this holds true for any journey, since it is always a wish for a change, even if it is only to return rested and relaxed.
The visitors to the gallery are therefore invited to enter into a secret space where only one person can enter at the time. The guest is asked to make an incantation or a wish how he/she wants to change inside the room. We know nothing else what happens inside this 'sacred' space.
Huttner has also reshaped an electric pole into a giant oar that is placed vertically on the roof of the hotel. The pole alludes to the Winnowing Oar. In the underworld Odysseus was instructed by a soothsayer to take an oar from his ship and to walk inland until he finds people who know nothing of the sea, where the oar will be mistaken for an agricultural instrument. At this point, he is to offer a sacrifice to Poseidon, and then at last his journeys would be over.
The project forms the second part of the Schendel-Fahlström Institute for Research, where the first part was realized at MAM in Sao Paulo in October 2013
- Performance by Per Hüttner and Jean-Louis Huhta, 5pm, 29 March, 2014
- Concert by Dungeon Acid, 8pm, 29 March, 2014
- Private view of exhibition: 7-9pm, 3 April, 2014
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