Ist die Arbeit Gefahrlich, 2002
This work was produced during an artist residency in Schwabisch Hall, Germany. Schwabisch Hall is a walled medieval town with a long history of association with the salt trade. Ist die Arbeit Gefahrlich? utilized salt, an historically and ritually significant material, in combination with phrases taken from a German-English tourist phrase book to construct a simple interventionist work, from the perspective of a visitor, in the context of an historically and culturally rich small Bavarian town. Phrases and locations included:
Ich mochte drei Minuten lang sprechen. (I would like to speak for three minutes.)
Location: Front steps of City Hall.
Brauche ich einen Fuhrer? (Do I need a guide?)
Location: Window sill of a small art gallery.
Ich bin hier geboren. (I was born here.)
Location: Windowsill of a public women’s restroom.
Sie sind ein Engel von Gott gesandt. (You are an angel sent from God.)
Location: Cobblestone walk in a passage under the local cathedral.
Ich mache mir sorgen. (I am worried.)
Location: Sidewalk near a police car.
Wir konnen einfach Freunde sein. (Let’s just be friends.)
Location: Sidewalk outside a bakery/coffeehouse.
Ich glaube an Leben im Weltall. (I believe in extraterrestrial life.)
Location: Below the public bulletin board where the daily newspaper was posted.