UNAUTHORIZED REPRODUCTION FOR FUNCTIONAL PURPOSES (Tribute to Charlotte Posenenske)
Description: Exhibition design for "Performance di parola tra gesto e architettura"
Curators: studioconcreto (Laura Perrone, Luca Coclite)
Location: studioconcreto, Lecce
Photo credits: Alice Caracciolo
Display system based on a reinterpretation of Charlotte Posenenske minimalist and modular artworks. In the ‘60s she designed a series of steel squared modules to be combined in endless variations, whose shape resembled that of ventilation shafts. She conceived these early sculptures as modules that could be adapted according to available space, each one assembled into a shape ultimately appropriate to the context it found itself in. Anonymity was important to Posenenske. She viewed her function as that of a supplier who made material available, but who did not have to be present at the moment of artistic realisation. Gradually Posenenske became increasingly indifferent as to whether or not her creations could be identified as art.
We decided to reinterpret Posenenske’s D series as a display system by stressing her idea of a democratization of the artwork. Starting from her political intention of “downgrading” the artwork, we turn it into a support for art pieces, a pedestal. Unauthorized Reproduction for Functional Purpose is conceived as a series of objects that aims to produce critical thoughts on the disciplinary boundaries dividing art and design, that is, the difference between functional and nonfunctional.