Practicing Profession, minus 2002
2002


Practicing Profession, minus 2002 # 1
2002

Photo documentation of designing and practicing wearing a suit as an artist's uniform.

C-Print

40 x 40 cm

Ed. 8 / II A.P.

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin


Photo: Yeonjin Oh




Practicing Profession, minus 2002 # 2
2002 / 2011

Photo documentation of designing and practicing wearing a suit as an artist's uniform.

C-Print

40 x 40 cm

Ed. 8 / II A.P.

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin


Photo: Yeonjin Oh




The work, Practising Profession, Minus 2002, was specially initiated for the participation in the exhibition ”40 Jahre: Fluxus und die Folgen (40 Years: Fluxus and the Consequences)” in which I simultaneously got rewarded and challenged as a kind of successor of Fluxus. Practising Profession, Minus 2002 includes not only a custom-made work outfit, but also artistic duties t accomplish series of extra-ordinary performances with it to respond to a blunt insistence that I am a better artist in this suit.

Section 1: The suit is personalized work clothing for all occasions which I find to be interesting or relevant in professional terms. The jacket is in high fashion brand, the pants were bought second-hand at a flea market. The suit actually looks simple, timeless and gender neutral, but both pieces are modified to wear inside out that despite different origings it eventually looks equally odd. The suit seems therefore less representative, yet seems to demand a new confidence.

Section 2: During the entire course of the exhibition, I wear the suit no matter where I am. Consistent daily use is crucial to the success of this project, since it is boud to insistence / belief that I will achieve extraordinary results based on the challenge by it as well as the confiedence from it. Yet, there is a doubt that this project leaves an unwanted and less innovative fetish object possibly against the Flusus spirit.

Section 3: In and outside the exhibition I attempt to perform self-provocative actions with the help of the suit. These actions create not only tangible visibilities, but also dense moments in regard to the notion of artistic production. This section functions under the motto innovation and provocation, bodily and psychological limits are tested in order to show whether the suit really helps.


Exhibition history

Family of Equivocations, Aubette 1928 and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, France, 2013

The Sea Wall: Haegue Yang with an Inclusion by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 2011

Workers Leaving the Workplace, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland, 2010

Integrity of the Insider, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA, 2009

40 Jahre: Fluxus und die Folgen, Kunstsommer, Wiesbaden, Germany, 2002

Jahresgaben 2002/03, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2002


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