Collaborative duo Elmgreen & Dragset’s 2001 installation “Powerless Structures.”
A room is often defined by its shape and measurements, its walls, floor and ceiling. In this case the room is defined by its accessibility: Who and how many we let into the space defines whether it’s a private or a public space and makes the simple distinction between venues for popular culture and for fine arts. The door symbolizes a potential of openness but it also reflects a possible exclusion.
In Elmgreen & Dragset’s new works all the small displacements remind us of how we on a daily basis try to surround ourselves with security - a number of crazy tools invented to please our paranoia.