ultranature 21 (bruno baltzer and leonora bisagno)
ultranature 21 (À LOUER) is a project “in situ” expressly conceived, for the first time, for the project “Making of” at Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contemporain in the framework of the biennial and multi-institutional project “Atelier Luxembourg”.
Following the institution's proposal to transform, for a 3 months period, the halls of the Casino Luxembourg in 14 artists’ studio, the artists question the relation between artists and institutions and the frail boundary between an increasing spectacularisation of all art's creation and management with the nowadays status of artist.
If coming into temporary possession of a public space's area, simultaneously proscribes a certain series of actions (by a signed contract) it unwittingly allows other activities.
But what can be actually rented? How to define the roles? What about the increasing "art for rent trend"?
Ultranature21(à louer) consists of a sign for an empty white cube.
À LOUER, in French, means also: to praise and to congratulate.
Ultranature 21 / à louer was firstly proposed for the Nuit des Musées, one of the most popular event in Luxembourg which gathers a one-night public in search for excitement and surprise.
For this occasion Leonora and Bruno installed a photographic device in Leonora Bisagno's studio. Every 30 seconds a picture was captured. Some people didn't notice the device. Most of them, though, detected the camera and interacted with it.
The camera acted then as an in-between device: similar to a webcam circuit of the museum (operating autonomously as a security system) it functioned also as an unforeseen bird’s eye view photo booth arousing people’s desire to act in front of it. About 800 pictures were taken.
Some people asked if, by entering the studio, they had potentially transformed into goods for rent. Institution, artists, spectators were concretely at issue.