MINISTRY OF CULTURE
Isak Berbic, Emiliano Cerna, Dennis Hodges, Zdenko Mandusic, 2008
MINISTRY OF CULTURE
Shifting Base, 2008
Steel
82 x 100 x 100 cm

MINISTRY OF CULTURE
Shifting Base Catalog, 2008
Publication
21.6 x 21.6 cm, 47 double sided color print pages
From the pages of history books and glossy magazines to an impromptu sculpture garden in Sharjah, Ministry of Culture takes on the travelling exhibition, addressing the conditions surrounding the work of art on site and in transit, as well as the artwork’s further extension as a virtual traveller in the ceaseless flow of images. The project takes the 1961 Piero Manzoni work Socle du Monde (Base of the World Magic Base No. 3 by Piero Manzoni, 1961, Homage to Galileo), as the starting point for an inquiry into the artworld’s place in a global economy, and as a conceptual metaphor for the recognition that the “base” of this “world” is shifting. Following an inaugural exhibition at the University of Sharjah’s College of Fine Arts and Design, Shifting Base was transported to its ultimate destination, Abu Dhabi’s Rub’ al Khali sand sea. Once there, our ersatz “axis mundi” was set adrift in the shifting sands of the Empty Quarter.
Publication Date: April, 1, 2008.
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