Thomas Hirschhorn lectures on Robert Walser-Sculpture Organised by TransArts (Transdisciplinary Art)
"With this lecture on 'Robert Walser-Sculpture', a work in a public space that I/we completed last year with residents of the city of Biel/Bienne, I want to explain in my own words what I gained from this complex and difficult, yet incredibly beautiful experience.
"My work on the 'Robert Walser-Sculpture' constituted a kind of ‘utopian moment’ – here, I do not mean a utopia in which everything is lovely, comfortable, finished and polished, not at all – rather one that constantly engaged the question of art, its meaning, its power of transformation, its impact and the topic of the public space for twelve hours a day during the 86-day duration of the project. Not only did I learn that art can resist both simplified idealism and simplified realism, this experience also taught me that our understanding of art can function as an expression of constitutive and ontological equality – indeed, art is the tool with which to construct this equality. Nothing else matters. Art must be proactive here… and we are seeing its success. The absolute affirmation of equality is the invisible link, the hidden connection, if you will, that holds the 'Robert Walser Sculpture' together."
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