CRAFTING VALUES BY SHIFTING THE CONTEXT OF DAILY MATERIALS : THE CORPUS KON-TIKI INTERVENTIONS WITH CHRISTIAN FISCHER
By contextualizing the transformation of matter as a cycle of value and purpose by means of culture, this project actually follows a simple goal – to share ideas and knowledge by involving as many people as possible.
A quick overview of values: Aside from its nutritional potential as food, organic matter has potential as energy (f.e. bio-waste), agricultural potential (as activated carbon, for soil) as well as cultural potential (for rituals, spanning from occultism to art = cash). These relations are put into question several times within the intervention. Depending on the constellation, the whole performance can last for several days up to a week.
Memo from project debut
In 2015, a jury summoned by ProArte selected this project among others, to intervene at the HSG (University of St. Gallen), one of Europe‘s leading schools of economy. On-site, Christian and Rafael performed an entire synthesis of art within the span of a busy week: From collecting resources to inspiration, the process of selection and transforming the materials to finally install and (re-)present the new objects in an exhibition setup.
A lunch break not like any other at the canteen: Two untypical economists walk around, looking for food. They sit down and explain their vision to the students, and brief them about their food-options: Digest, donate, or throw away to a biogas-refinery.
Who invested in art was about to witness the transformation of his/her "sacrifice" by quite a fire in the Kon-Tiki oven (a type of charcoal stack, named after the south american deity). Beforehand, the organic material was inventoried, then put into special boxes so it won‘t lose its shape during carbonisation in the oven.
Eventually, the coal-objects were shown in a exhibition at the atrium of the HSG, proclaimed to be pieces of art, all under the curious eyes of the economy students.
»Corpus Kon-tiki (Wir machen Kohle)«
Christian Fischer & Rafael Lippuner
Charcoal burner, organic materials,
wood, pedestals, glass