Installation with Duration variable. Objects : A cube (1.5m x 1.2m) made of canvas on stretcher frame, lots of bank statements.
Peter Reischl employs performative elements to challenge the ordinary. Provoking a reaction is a crucial part of Reischl’s work, which addresses political and social topics by translating them into performative questions. His work is about creating a space of ambiguity, that doesn’t lead to an answer or predefine a certain direction. Like an experimental set-up, he merely arranges the basic parameters in order to trigger any re-actions of his counterpart. The spectator becomes the one in control.
Peter : "I set up a cube completely covered with bank statements in the middle of a forest. A forest - Wild nature with its unruly forms - A cube - Full of bank statements. The cube represents the ultimate asset of civilization with all its facets : Money, capitalism, power, exploitation, inequality and so on. Furthermore, money has its own defined space : The urban habitat. The irreconcilability of these opposites - the cube and nature - appears only if you put them together : They are hostile to each other. The contemporaneity of extreme contrasts represent a source of self-awareness as the relationship between man and urban/natural surrounding becomes suddenly visible and tangible.