Untitled (Consider Sex)

1996, installation / experimental intervention, Joachim Stein

The hardly readable instruction “Consider the people in this room exclusively under the aspect of having sex with them” was painted on the walls of gallery ROTOR in Gothemburg/Sweden. In order to be able to read the text, one had to follow it word by word and stay close to the wall. The second part of the phrase (“UNDER THE ASPECT…”) formed a circle with a diameter of 220 cm, forcing readers to bend their bodies for better reading. From outside the gallery one would see the absurd scene of people staring at empty walls while performing bizarre movements.

Visitors of the gallery were audience, guinea pigs and performers at once.