You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life. - Dali
Jointly holding an impressive list of 18 international prestigious prizes, including the Hugo Boss Prize, the Enel Contemporary Award Prize, the Venice Biennale Golden Lion Award, and the Benesse Prize amongst many others, internationally renowned and accomplished artists Carsten Höller, Tobias Rehberger, Anri Sala and Rirkrit Tiravanija celebrate STPI’s 15th year milestone as they take on a daring challenge to create artworks with the experimental institution through blind collaboration fueled by pure instinct and spontaneity.
Following the footsteps of the Surrealist masters, the luminary artist quartet used the game of Cadavre Exquis (Exquisite Corpse) in creating fantastic composite works. This bold process requires the artists to completely surrender their individual artistic control; an artist starts a work and the next artist—given only a sliver of what had already been created as guidance—picks up where the previous one left off. Free from calculated reasoning, each artwork is uniquely whimsical and unabashedly nonconformist - a melting pot of four individual parts guided into cohesion by the invisible hand of haphazard chance.
A chimpanzee, dust-based prints, corkscrews, fruit flies, gelatin prints on silkscreens, composite palm line drawings; these innovative and audacious works dare viewers to abandon rationality and any attempt to create meaning, liberating their imagination and urging them to embrace the inexplicable.
A first for the artists and the STPI Creative Workshop team, the process challenged the limits of each individual and of collaboration itself. With no dialogue, no negotiation, and four distinct artistic styles, none of the artists knew or had any definitive say over the final result until the very end. STPI Chief Printer Eitaro Ogawa states, 'We were dealing with four very different artistic mentalities simultaneously, which amounts to four times the amount of experimentation and research. This stretched us mentally beyond the usual collaborations.'
Carsten Höller uses his past training as a scientist in his work as an artist, concentrating particularly on the nature of human relationships. Often creating situations that alter our interaction with the world, Höller explores human relations and perceptions through participatory works that prompt us to reimagine the way we move through the world. Born in Brussels in 1961, he now lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden and Biriwa, Ghana. Notable installations and exhibitions include Doubt at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2016); Decision at Hayward Gallery, London (2015); LEBEN at TBA21-Augarten, Vienna (2014); Experience at the New Museum, New York (2011); a presentation of the Revolving Hotel Room at the Guggenheim, New York (2010); a series of giant slides Test Site at Tate Modern (2006); an installation of full-size funfair rides Amusement Park at MASS MoCA (2006); as well as presentations at the Berlin Biennale, Venice Biennale and Gwangju Biennale.
Tobias Rehberger gained recognition with his Golden Lion Award for best artist in the 53rd Venice Biennale and is considered one of the most important contemporary German artists today. Drawing his subjects from quotidian objects, Rehberger creates situations and environments that disrupt our initial perception of objects and their functions, reconstructing our perspective, outlook and relationship with the subjects. He also challenges the fine line between art, architecture and design, working with geometry, colours and abstract forms, developing a distinctive style with works that reflect an interest in man’s relationship to mass culture. Major exhibitions include the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2014); Artelier Contemporary, Graz (2012); Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle (2011);MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (2010); Kunsthalle Mannheim (2009); Kunstraum Innsbruck (2008); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008); Fondazione Prada, Milan (2007); Tate Liverpool (2006); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2005); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2004); and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2003), as well as The Gwangju Biennale, Venice Biennale, Manifesta, Berlin Biennale and the Yokohama Triennale.
Anri Sala is a French/Albanian contemporary artist who rose to international acclaim for accomplished videos and films, informed by his personal experience to reflect on the social and political changes taking place in native Albania. His remarkable works composed of documentary, narrative and autobiographical approaches highlight cultural transitions, history and collective memory—enhancing these recurrent themes through the use of sound and image. Sala has exhibited widely at institutions including Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; P.S.1 Center for Contemporary Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; the Art Institute of Chicago and Tel Aviv Museum of Art; and has participated in the Venice Biennale, Bienal de São Paulo and Manifesta, among others. Numerous awards include Best Documentary Film awards at the Entrevues film festival in Belfort, France (1998); the International Documentary Film in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (1999); the Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival (2000) and the Prix Gilles Dusein (2000). He has also won the Young Artist Prize at the Venice Biennale (2001), The Hugo Boss Prize (2002), the Absolut Art Award (2001), The Vincent Prize (2014) and the 10th Benesse Prize. Sala had a major exhibition in New Museum in February 2016, which marked the most comprehensive survey of his work in the US.
Born in Bueno Aires; raised in Thailand, Ethiopia and Canada; and educated in Chicago and New York, Tiravanija’s life is a constant negotiation of cultures and languages from which he draws inspiration for his practice. His most iconic work Untitled (Free), 1992 transforms museums and galleries worldwide into kitchens and a place of communion where he serves rice and Thai curry to visitors. A recipient of the Hugo Boss Art Prize, his works are part of notable public collections such as The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Migros Museum, Zurich; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; and TATE, London. He has exhibited widely at renowned institutions such as the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Bielefeld; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Chiang Mai University Art Museum; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and at biennales such as the São Paulo Biennal (2006); the Liverpool Biennial (2002 and 2004); the Whitney Biennial (1995 and 2005); and the Venice Biennale (1993 and 1999).
Press release courtesy STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery.