Dear Ernst, departing from a set of normative rules I constructed something that is not so obviously evaluated, measured, quantified nor categorized. Some have argued that the structure turned a set of ‘recommended heights’ into an ironic illustration of industry standards and an impossible piece of furniture. I hope you are not taking any offence.
The incorporated recommended heights are 40 cm for a bench; 75 cm for a desk; 85 cm for an exhibition table; 110 cm for a desk counter; and 202 cm for the height of Ikea’s most sold bookcase ‘Billy’.
The world of architecture and furniture has been fascinated with normative rules for design and ergonomics since you first published your notorious reference book Architects’ Data in 1936. We all love them! Reference books for spatial requirements perfectly suit our world, with its focus on efficiency and its obsession to make mankind ‘work’ best and perform at all times. The books perfectly support our fetishization of work, and our life between a maximum and a minimum.
This component forms part of Good ConditionsIn Good Conditions, Kris Van Dessel and Tom Van Malderen build upon their previous collaboration Conditions and Opportunities at DMW Art Space in 2017. Together with curator Tram Scawped, the artists continue their quest into the protocols of exhibiting and the mechanism of the contemporary art economy in general. Their previous collaboration at DMW investigated the conditions and opportunities of the ‘art space’ by means of a series of minimal in situ interventions, ranging from subtle modifications of lighting and heating elements to enquiries into the appropriate shade of white for the walls of a white cube. Following up on this expo, 'Good Conditions' explores the application and potential of autonomous artworks as components of a dense art-fair-look-alike constellation. As part of this enquiry, all prices of the works on display are fixed in accordance with the inscrutable laws of the art economy and arranged in an easy-reference component list with accompanying article numbers.
Component 0006 (hang on) Truss / Component 1000 The last plastic Bag / Component 1212 Snowflake(s) / Component 1313 Something from Nothing – flex rose / Component 1696 Food and Shelter / Component 1835 Fake brittle Reality / Component 1964 EPCOT Frozen / Component 2000 Hype Cycle / Component 2019 Mixed History / Component 2022 Lonely Musk / Component 2121 Two out of One / Component 2410 Ritual #3 / Component 2424 Something from Nothing – mustard / Component 2512 Always Xmas / Component 4446 The Angel binding Satan / Component 4847 Ritual #4 / Component 6563 Information Committee / Component XXXX Tram Scawped
Conditions and Opportunities
ERNST (Neufert) I
photo credits: We Document Art, & Tom Van Malderen