New York

Gelitin

Leo Koenig Inc. | 541 West 23rd

At 10 PM on Wednesday, November 16, 2005, Leo Koenig confined four members of the Viennese art collective Gelitin (Ali Janka, Florian Reither, Tobias Urban, and Wolfgang Gantner), American artist Naomi Fisher, and psychiatrist Gabriel Loebell inside a large, double-insulated plywood box constructed in his Chelsea gallery. Tantamounter 24/7 was outfitted with a kitchen, shower, toilet, and beds fabricated by the artists, as well as three truckloads of art supplies: fabric, stuffed animals, modeling clay, paint, a sewing machine, and magazines (including lots of pornography). Cut off from all time-telling aids, the group remained inside until they were “liberated” exactly one week later.

But what might sound like a good old-fashioned endurance performance was actually something quite different. During the show, the gallery was open twenty-four hours a day and the artists turned themselves

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