In 17,9°. The three lives of a site-specific artwork, architecture historian Ingrid Ruudi discusses the different circumstances of exhibiting a site-specific work by artist Anu Vahtra. In much of her artistic practice, Vahtra explores the relationship between the three-dimensional space and two-dimensional image, and experiments with making the viewer’s experience of the space integral to the artwork. The booklet was published on the occasion of Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia’s (EKKM) participation with Vahtra in the non-profit section of Art Brussels 2016. There Vahtra presented a remake of her site-specific installation 17,9°—originally realised for the III Artishok Biennale (curated by Liisa Kaljula, 2012) and rebuilt for the exhibition Feeling Queezy?! (curated by Rebeka Põldsam, 2014) at the EKKM.
In her essay, Ruudi explores the different exhibition spaces, Vahtra’s practice, and the overall question of changing the spatial context of a site-specific artwork. The essay is heavily illustrated; the images serving as visual footnotes are set to break up the sentences—this gives the thorough and investigative text a sense of playfulness. The publication was printed on newsprint and distributed for free during Art Brussels.
[Book description by Else Lagerspetz & Loore Sundja, written for Published by Lugemik. Printed matter from 2010–2019]
Edited and designed by Indrek Sirkel & Anu Vahtra • Text by Ingrid Ruudi • 200 × 297 mm • 16 pages • Newspaper printing • Saddle stitch binding • In English • Edition: 1000 • Typeface: Folio • Paper: Kondopoga 45g • Printed by Printall • Published by Lugemik & EKKM • 2016
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