PRINT September 2002

Tom Holert

THE CLIMACTIC FINALE OF THIS CRITIC’S DOCUMENTA11 EXPERIENCE took place under the influence of an obscenely outsize mirror ball. The rotating disco globe was installed at a considerable height in one of the countless black cubes/white boxes crammed into the main building of the Binding brewery on the outskirts of central Kassel. A spotlight mounted on a stand beamed measured loads of photons in the direction of the glitter ball. The resulting moving tapestry of reflections on the walls, floor, and ceiling gave rise to the giddy sensation of weightlessness, of the ground loosening, of doing overtime in zero gravity.

Surprisingly few visitors seemed intrigued enough to approach the empty space beneath the globe. Probably Cleave ’02 (The Accursed Share), 2002 , by Welsh artist and former filmmaker Cerith Wyn Evans, fails the test of high-tech spectacularity, in spite of the presence of a laptop

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