Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point, 2013

Zabriskie Point is an exhibition project in which sixty-six concrete sculptures are to be placed in an interior or exterior space. The viewers will stand in an installation that will extend like a field around them.
Each of the sixty-six sculptures is composed of two elements. The individual elements consist of the eleven possible variations on an unfolded cube. They are combined into sixty-six different pairs. The number of pairs is based on the fact that each of the eleven elements is combined with any other, plus the eleven pairs in which an element forms a pair with itself. The size of the concrete sculptures varies according to the space available for the installation. Another part of the work Zabriskie Point is a still from the eponymous film by Michelangelo Antonioni (1970). The film still is a black-and-white found image that was scanned and then printed on newsprint. The paper is very light-sensitive and will change color in the foreseeable future.
I integrated the photo into the work as a kind of counterpoint: geometric forms consisting entirely of right angles are usually considered “cool,” sober, even sterile. But the fact that various such forms come into contact and join one another at in different places suggests the idea of an intimacy of the experience. The still from Zabriskie Point, which shows couples lying half-dressed on the ground in the desert, reinforces that impression.

Materials: 132 concrete elements arranged in 66 Pairs
Dimensions: variable
Photograph: Found Image, film still from the film Zabriskie Point (1970) by Michelangelo Antonioni

Zabriskie Point | Found image | film still from the film Zabriskie Point (1970) by Michelangelo Antonioni

Zabriskie Point | model for installation | Photo: Jan Brockhaus

Zabriskie Point | mock up | Photo: Jan Brockhaus