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Karin Sander, Untitled, 1993, wood-chip wallpaper from Art Cologne, clip frame, 19 3/4 × 15 3/4".

ENVELOPES, FLYERS, invoices, Post-Its, magazines: Visitors to German artist Karin Sander’s 2011 installation Kernbohrungen (Core Drillings) at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein found nothing to look at except paper detritus scattered haphazardly across the floor. Those patient enough to linger, however, might have witnessed an occasional document falling through the air; glancing upward, these viewers could clearly see where the clutter was coming from: five holes in the ceiling, each about a foot in diameter. Sander connected the exhibition space with the administrative offices situated directly above by piercing the floor next to employees’ desks, in the spots where the wastebaskets normally stood. The institution’s staff created this constantly growing temporary sculpture. All that Sander had done was prepare the physical conditions for the slipping of debris from one context to

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