Horse Takes KingDistorting senses perception

An illusory space where spectators
are invited to move freely.



Laura Lima
Pendulum, 2018, courtesy the artist

Fondazione Prada presents Slight Agitation 4/4: Laura Lima, the fourth and last chapter of the exhibition project conceived by Fondazione Prada Thought Council, whose current members are Shumon Basar, Elvira Dyangani Ose, and Dieter Roelstraete.
Slight Agitation, a four-part project of newly commissioned, site-specific works hosted in the Cisterna, including works by Tobias Putrih, Pamela Rosenkranz and Austrian collective Gelitin, continues with a final instalment by Brazilian artist Laura Lima.Lima’s work, Horse Takes King, is a whimsical attempt to distort the senses that determine our perception through three large sculptures, displayed in the spaces of the Cisterna, each contributing to the formulation of an apparently absurd taxonomy. The title of her intervention clearly hints at a chess game, which ultimately creates an illusory space where spectators are invited to move freely, without knowing the broader context that would enable them to understand the artist’s impulse. The works on display, Bird (2016), Pendulum (2018) and Telescope (2018), invite viewers to elaborate what in astronomical terms is described as a “syzygy”, traditionally intended as a straight-line configuration of three or morecelestial bodies in a gravitational system.The environment Horse Takes Kings prompts is in fact a situational one, in which the three sculptures realized by the artist stand for different roles within a game: the bird stands for the horse, the class is a space for collective enquiry and lastly the pendulum represents the game’s challenge. The King, an imaginary central figure at play, remains an immaterial presence, representing an all-ecompassing power and the main antagonist.The central space of the Cisterna is occupied by Pendulum (2018), a machine reproducing the movement of Foucault’s pendulum, which showcases a painting at its extremity. The viewer is invited to hypothesise on the origins of such painting.
The exhibition is running until October 22nd 2018.