In the summer of 2008 Kate McIntosh and Eva Meyer-Keller devised a game to play with each other. While wandering across the city with no fixed destination, they took turns devising small installations for each other, each artist responding to the previous action. Driven along by curiosity, perseverance and a sense of mischief, they incorporated what they'd brought along with what they found, decorated, repaired, destroyed or set traps for one another.
The result of this ping-pong between the two is a collection of images that can be read as a casual inventory of the explored city spaces. The 'normality' of our view of the things that surround us every day is questioned when objects are placed in unusual places or in bizarre conjunctions. Bright pink sticky notes wave like tiny flags on the thread of a spider's web, a sheet of paper is inserted, piece by piece, behind the bark of a tree until it completely disappears, pieces of chocolate are stuck between heating pipes, multi-coloured clothes pegs decorate a fence, a pothole in the pavement is filled with blancmange... Cheeky, subversive and sometimes cryptic, the interventions of the players in the game confer glimpses of a possible dis- and re-ordering of the world, examining in miniature the possibilities and boundaries we have between social convention and individual desire.
IDEA & REALISATION
Eva Meyer-Keller, Kate McIntosh
New Territories, Glasgow (GB)
Plateaux, Mousonturm, Frankfurt (DE)
fresh#6, Buda, Kortrijk (BE)
Tanznacht, Berlin (DE)
Working Title Festival, Kaaistudios, Brussels (BE)
Ballhaus Ost, Berlin (DE)
PACT Zollverein, Essen (DE)