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POEM., 2010
glass, steel, technical equipment, 200 x 120 x 120 cm
technological realisation: Thomas Seppi, Department of Radiotherapy and
Radiooncology, Medical University of Innsbruck
exhibition view POEM., Galerie 401contemporary, Berlin 2011

The breathing air of the exhibition visitors condenses against the surfaces of the ice object VERBALE CONDENSER PHONE. The water thus obtained feeds the chemical processes within the sculpture SOME VELVET MORNING, which in its front part LE PÈRE RÉPETITIVE quotes the Miller-Urey experiment and in its back part LE GRAND VERRE simulates a black smoker. In both parts, organic molecules such as amino acids and ethanol are produced in an oxygen-free atmosphere from inorganic substances using heat, electricity and catalysts.
The GENIUS IN THE BOTTLE drinks cabinet contains the distillates prepared from the breathing air. Together the objects form the installation POEM. and follow the repeating formula: The more people talk about art, the more art is created in the form of ice, water and alcohol, and the more people drink, the more talkative they become.