Following the artist’s partly written and partly pictorial instructions, visitors to the exhibition could themselves briefly become sculptures by taking up often funny poses frequently involving everyday objects – especially clothing – such as the knitted pullovers, frequently recurring in his works.
By introducing humor and cynicism in his work that plays with the borders between media and art, Erwin Wurm reaches not only an intellectual elite but also attracts a broader public and the press.
Artists: Lida Abdul, Said Atabekov, Mohamed Bourouissa, Chen Chieh-Jen, Cao Fei, Yang Fudong, Cyprien Gaillard, Dejan Kaludjerović, Mari Kim, Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Taus Makhacheva, Almagul Menlibayeva, Mariko Mori, Ahmet Ögüt, Adrian Paci, Public Delivery, Wang Qingsong, Walid Raad, Cheng Ran, China & Item Idem, Taps & Moses, Guido van der Werve, Erwin Wurm, Miao Xiaochun
Exhibited: Tell, 2007/2008
His short film Tell shows a young couple driving through Vienna in a car. As they talk, the car suddenly drives vertically up a house wall. The car stops. The couple gets out and walks down the wall.
As they walk, they discuss and question important philosophical ideas about the world we live in, trivializing it somewhat through the farcical nature of the scene.