1+1=3 or how to (de)construction a space in three acts is a transdisciplinary project that deals in seven pieces with interpersonal coexistence, the composition and emergence of social or individual space. Through the eyes of 20 artists who have all spent a residence in the GAP Atelierhaus in Glurns, 1+1=3 questions in three exhibition acts (AKT I, AKT II, AKT III) and in 4 digital exhibitions (Prologo, Intermezzo 1, Intermezzo 2, Epilogo) the construction and deconstruction of the spaces we inhabit.
You are currently in the Epilogo, the last digital section of the project, which gathers the documentation of everything that happened.
The city of Glurns, with its 888 inhabitants, is one of the smallest cities in Italy, probably one of the smallest cities in the world. And yet it is a city. But what does it define as such? What are the characteristics of (urban) coexistence?
1+1=3 begins with the idea that Glurns, in abstract and minimalized form, is a kind of primeval city due to its size, the prototype of a city defined as such due to certain infrastructures and/or buildings that do not occur “in the countryside”. Accordingly, all the smaller and larger cities of the world would have to be similar, a multiplication of the abstract Glurns. But does space really define itself on the basis of lines, dimensions and forms, or are it the individual fragments, the people, who create and define space through their eyes and through their living together?
1+1=3 unites about twenty artists who neither know each other nor inhabit the same space. They are at home in many different cities around the world. Two moments (neither chronological nor hierarchical) unite them all. They all resided at the GAP Glurns Art Point at some point. The reflections that were made at that time extend beyond the time of the residence and live on today, in the many different cities. All the artists are also part of a video, which is a red thread that leads through an exhibition in three acts and unites the artists in another moment.
In three acts combined with a digital part, 1+1=3 questions and illuminates the characteristics of interpersonal coexistence, the composition and emergence of (social) space and the identity of the individual within this or that space, each from a different perspective.
None of the three exhibitions can exist without the overall concept.
None of them without us, none of us without me.
The three acts of the project 1+1=3, are alternated with a series of digital displays that establish the same relationships in virtual space. Through videos, images and texts, the digital shows present the component of art and exhibition production that are usually invisible to the public.
The intention here was to “expand” and explore the same space of the museum, by considering part of the exhibition itself all the components involved in the realization of the artwork - which are usually out of sight. The aim is to dissolve the spatial-temporal boundaries of the museum and to consider the many characteristics of the art system in relation to artists and artworks.
The artist's working space, his/her living space and personal taste, as well as the audience's role and expectations, the content and theoretical enrichment by the press and critics, and the organisational and planning phases prior to the exhibition become part of the exhibition itself.
In a theatre piece the prologue gives the audience an introduction to the plot which is about to be performed and the character involved into it.
It shows works by artists who deal with the specificity of certain places and the emergence of (social) spaces.
Many different bubbles make society very diverse. If social groups do not interact with each other, society becomes highly fragmented. How can we leave the protective environment of our bubble and reach out the rest of society?
It shows works that deal with interpersonal relationships and (inter)human behaviour.
The exhibition goes outside its own walls. This time, as a logical consequence, we will try to go outside our bubble.
It feature works by artists who deal with the identity of a person with regard to his or her culture. Also with the question of the self. Who am I and, if so, how many?
An epilogue is a piece of writing at the end of the work, used to bring closure to it. It can be used to wrap up all the loose ends.