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ROOM TWO

Performing the Object

We tend to think of a sculpture as a static thing, perhaps placed on a plinth like a public monument or positioned on the ground like a minimalist structure. But all the artists here challenge this traditional idea by making their objects perform in various ways. Some take everyday items and transform them into art by changing the original function or by displacing them to unlikely contexts; others use them as triggers for actions to be executed by the viewer. A number of artists question the permanent nature of art by producing short-lived or ephemeral pieces, while some even turn themselves into the living, performing objects of their work.

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