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SOFT DIVIDER (THE WINNER)

rubber, fan, air, 700 cm x 300 cm x 160 cm
2017

The sculp­ture “Soft Divider (The Win­ner)” relates to the first indus­tri­al­ly fab­ri­cat­ed barbed wire knot, named “The Win­ner” and patent­ed by Joseph Glid­dens in 1874. This marks the start­ing point for a his­to­ry of inven­tion of an indus­tri­al instru­ment, with the help of which spa­tial asym­me­tries can be estab­lished by tam­ing ani­mals and humans and by con­trol­ling their move­ment. From the indus­tri­al­iza­tion of the thorn bush to the glob­al­iza­tion of pain, the var­i­ous mod­els of barbed wire – the pro­tag­o­nists of which are flesh and iron – unfold a social, polit­i­cal and eco­nom­ic his­to­ry of moder­ni­ty. In the work “Soft Divider” the ‘pri­mor­dial knot’ of barbed wire is turned into a sculp­tural object by blow­ing it up in scale. At the same time its mate­ri­al­i­ty is trans­formed: from hard and sharp steel to frag­ile air-inflat­ed rub­ber, where­in lie rem­i­nis­cences of boun­cy castles from days of child­hood, of Pop Art’s every­day objects and of the rub­ber boats that cur­rent­ly cross the Mediter­ranean Sea.

 

Soft Divider (The Win­ner), 2017

Soft Divider (The Win­ner), 2017

Soft Divider (The Win­ner), 2017

Soft Divider (The Win­ner), 2017

Soft Divider (The Win­ner), 2017

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