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BEFORE AND AFTER: Monday, the day after job

BEFORE

AFTER

So after the party comes the job of the day after: clearing up the mess!! Not that it was a mess for me, rather a beautiful unordered disorder of 20 thousand bags scattered a bit all over the museum. But it had to be put back in place, re-ordered and arranged to their previous original setting.

It’s never nice to have to tidy up without being creative. But being creative requires time to think things through again and time I just don’t have right now, so on Monday morning I went back to the museum on   a mission:  reinstall all the bags quite exactly how they were before the dancers performance on Sunday.
Initially the idea was to allow change to happen, to recreate that cycle of destruction followed by creation but then again time is the worst dictator so everything had to go back to the status quo! Sometimes an easy and more comfortable solution, no risks involved, no solving new problems, especially with the visit of the british ambassador scheduled for the day after or so.

I also had hoped to leave the destroyed installation on display, just exactly how the dancers had transform it and left it. To me there was something quite unique and appealing in that new landscape, maybe even more powerful than anything I ever could create myself. But as for most of us, human beings, the desire and attraction or need for control and order is a forceful magnet difficult to detach ourselves from and so it also was for the museum that was open minded enough to let few moments of destruction and chaos enter their world.

Hopefully a video documentation of the event will be displayed at the museum.

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