Performance Feiko Beckers Saturday 7 September at 18 hrs.
The American artist Paul McCarthy once coined the word "propo" to describe the objects he once used in his performance. McCarthy came up with the word because he did not consider the objects as props, but thought they were related to it. Apparently their status was so ambiguous that McCarthy was forced to come up with a whole new word for it.
The exhibition “A brilliant idea, but a terrible chair” also features objects with such a shaky status. The objects are exhibited as sculptures, act as props in a performance or video, but at the same time they are also simply utensils. Although they sometimes have difficulty fulfilling that last function. Everyday utensils such as adhesive tape holders, teapots and ladders take such different forms that in some cases they can hardly be used as such.
The objects can be seen in two videos, a performance and in a book that Beckers has specially produced for this exhibition. In these works, the objects are linked to stories and events about everyday micro-problems, in which the possibilities and limitations of these objects are visible.