Slight Agitation 1/4Tobias Putrih

Art, architectures and
experimental pedagogy

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Tobias Putrih, Venetian, Atmospheric, 2007.
Photographs by Michele Lamanna. Courtesy the artist

 

Slight Agitation is a four-part project of newly commissioned, site-specific works by international artist Tobias Putrih, Pamela Rosenkranz, Laura Lima and Gelitin, the Austrian collective active since 1993, on view form October 20th to January 22nd, 2016 at Fondazione Prada in Milan. The french une légère agitation, employed by the French historian Fernand Braudel to describe the tidal movement of the Mediterranean is the expression that inspired the title of the project.
This metaphor embodies Fondazione Prada Thought Council’s starting point to present interventions by artists whose practices differ considerably in philosophical and material terms, all of them commissioned to interfere and dialogue with the spatial context and to influence the viewer’s physical experience and all her or his attendant senses through their works. The first intervention of the project sees Tobias Putrih, renowned for his architectural and sculptural installations, playing with Fondazione Prada’ Cisterna.

Through his work, the environments takes on three different configurations, which all engage with ideas of play, politics and emancipation: a theater for an ongoing brick construction, a tactile ‘blind room’ and a sculpture that turns into a labyrinth. The artist explores the limits and possibilities of learning through play, extending the physical experience of a large-scale game into the political realm of negotiation and the awareness of collective behaviors.

 

“IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CONFIGURATIONS, IT EVOKES THE INNOCENCE OF CHILDHOOD AND THE SURPRISE CAUSED BY INITIAL DISCOVERIES MADE THROUGH PLAY […]”