Down-Night Shift expands on the work Shut
Down. For this installation,
materials from the original project were re-configured and augmented
in the Kunstverein’s gallery.
Some structures were re-built precisely from the originals, and
others were made of components from the previous work and salvaged
wood sourced on location in Hannover. The project was commenced
just before the show’s opening, and continued throughout
the exhibition period, finishing on the final day. The work on
the project was conducted in the evenings and nights in the deserted
gallery, presenting the visitors and staff of the Kunstverein
with a construction that changed daily.
The structures themselves had seemed overwhelming
in their previous installation, in which they had completely
dominated the space. In the Kunstverein gallery they became strangely
small, and crouched at one end of the space, a bit paranoid.
During the duration of the show, a tower was constructed, loosely
modeled on Tatlin’s Monumnet to the Third International,
the tower was comprised of three stages. The first stage being
the former watch tower from the original construction, here cut
down and placed in a lower position. The second stage was composed
of the shed, formerly the entrance to the Shut Down project,
it now became the entrance to the final component of the tower.
Finally, if the visitor to the space was willing to make the
climb, a ladder would allow access through the ceiling of the
gallery to the hidden space between the drop ceiling and the
true roof beyond. This presented a kind of escape route from
the structures below, and the exhibition hall itself.