Ed van der Elsken, ‘Amsterdam, 1973-1975′ (1975)
Marcel Broodthaers, ‘Décor: A Conquest’ (2013)
Installation at Michael Werner Gallery, London.
A change in military thinking is taking place these very days, in which the military understands that future wars will take place in cities. If in the past symmetrical warfare was conducted by state militaries in the open fields, today militaries are fighting enclaves of resistance that withdraw ever deeper into the density of the urban fabric. ‘Walking through walls’ is the military tactic of tearing down holes in the façades of people’s homes (and the walls between rooms) in order to expand the battle field from the public to the private space.
Vaast Colson, ‘Break Down the Wall’ (2006)
Colson opened up a hole in the wall between Maes & Matthijs Gallery and Stella Lohaus Gallery.
‘La Pièce’ (1971), by Ger van Elk.
In 1971, Van Elk lacquered a small block of wood (7 x 9,5 cm) white, while on a boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, just West of Iceland, in the purest air in the world. It was exhibited in the group show ‘Sonsbeeck buiten de perken’. Van Elk considered it a “European answer” to the megalomaniac artworks that American artists like Richard Serra and Robert Smithson were showing there.
Simon Bérard, Untitled (Convoyeur).
Trying to establish a potential new superstition, Bérard wore a coin in his left shoe for one year. Untitled (Convoyeur) is the material witness to this performance.