One Day Sculpture  
             
     
 
 
 

Thomas Hirschhorn

(b. Bern, Switzerland, 1957; lives and works in Paris)
COMMISSIONED BY The Physics Room AND
Christchurch Art Gallery

 

Thomas Hirschhorn, Bataille Monument (Imbiss), 2002. Documenta 11, Kassel, 2002. Photo courtesy of Werner Maschmann

 

Renowned for hypersaturated installations, Thomas Hirschhorn’s work is a bombardment of information and imagery. Referencing philosophy, popular culture, economics, poetry, artists and designers, Hirschhorn’s assemblages commonly employ foil, tape, board, plastic, paper, and other found and ephemeral materials.

 

As part of a generation of European artists and intellectuals who came of age in the wake of the 1968 Paris student uprisings, Hirschhorn’s perspective is informed by boldly anti-hierarchical notions — a stance consequently reflected in the thrift and eccentricity of the materials used to construct his works. Deeply suspicious of traditional notions of heroism, Hirschhorn has adapted the format of spontaneous public memorials and commemorative roadside shrines in order to pay homage to the artist’s heroes without the overblown semantics of the monumental tradition. Previous projects have tellingly investigated the contemporary socio-cultural climate via the work of various left-leaning intellectuals such as Gilles Deleuze and Georges Bataille. Avoiding the pristine expectations of the gallery, Hirschhorn’s altars are acted upon by time and environmental contexts and ideally blend back into the situations from which they emerged over the period of their installation. In relation to the transitory nature of these sculptural tributes Hirshchorn has said: “The disappearance of the altar is as important as its presence. The memory of what is important doesn’t need a monument.”

 

Born 1957 in Bern, Switzerland, Hirschhorn was educated at the Schule für Gestaltung in Zürich. Exhibitions of note include Bataille Monument Documenta XI, Germany, 2002; 24h Foucault, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2004; FlugplatzWelt/World-Airport, Venice Biennale, Italy, 1999.

 

 

One day sculpture project details to follow.

 
 
 

LIZ ALLAN

 

LARA ALMÁRCEGUI

 

BILLY APPLE

 

DOUGLAS BAGNALL

 

BIK VAN DER POL

 

BEKAH CARRAN

 

KAH BEE CHOW

 

THOMAS HIRSCHHORN

 

AMY HOWDEN-
CHAPMAN

 

ADAM HYDE

 

MADDIE LEACH

 

JAMES LUNA

 

IVAN AND
HEATHER MORISON

 

KATE NEWBY

 

OLAF NICOLAI

 

ROMAN ONDÁK

 

MICHAEL PAREKOWHAI

 

SANTIAGO SIERRA

 

JAVIER TÉLLEZ

 

WALKER & BROMWICH

 

BEDWYR WILLIAMS