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In & Out

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Monday, February 19, 1996–Saturday, March 23, 1996

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In & Out is a collaborative project between Rirkrit Tiravanija, the Resource Center, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art and Design. This is not an exhibition of finished work in the usual sense, but rather a cycle of ongoing activity in which the gallery functions as a locus of exchange for an unpredictable variety and quantity of materials. On opening night, the gallery will contain only empty bins. Throughout the project, a simultaneous process of the filling and emptying of the bins is carried out by the community, who are invited both to contribute materials of any type and also remove any materials of which they could make use.

The project transforms the idea of “viewer” into participant by inviting members of the community (not solely the art community or University community) to bring objects and materials of any sort to the gallery to deposit in the bins. In this way, discarded, forgotten, or formerly “useless” things are brought out of hiding and into the gallery. Placing objects in the bins constitutes an invitation to subsequent viewers to take the objects if they wish. The project’s creators feel that there is an important and simple message in the act of transformation, which occurs when useless surplus can be made to fill a need for another person in another place. With active participation by the audience, the gallery becomes a model of engagement in a cycle of (re)distribution, (re)production, and (re)consumption.

The physical objective is to create a cycle: the gallery starts out empty, and returns to this state at the end of the project. The conceptual objective is to stimulate a current of exchange and interaction between an art community and the larger community in which it exists.

EXHIBITION CHECKLIST

Rirkrit Tiravanija
In & Out, 1996
Collaborative project

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Rikrit Tiravanija Head ShotRirkrit Tiravanija (born 1961) is a Thai artist widely recognized as one of the most influential of his generation. His work defies media-based description, as his practice combines traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action. Tiravanija’s installations often take the form of stages or rooms for sharing meals, cooking, reading, or playing music; architecture or structures for living and socializing are a core element in his work. Among multiple international shows, Tiravanija’s most recent exhibitions include the 1995 Whitney Biennial and the 1995 Carnegie International. From 1980 to 1986 Tiravanija gained an education through the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada; the Banff Center School of Fine Arts, Banff, Canada; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York.

PRESS RELEASE

Rirkrit Tiravanija

In & Out

Gallery 400
Chicago, Illinois
February 19–March 23, 1996

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 21, 1996, 4–7pm

In & Out is a collaborative project between Rirkrit Tiravanija, the Resource Center, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art and Design. This is not an exhibition of finished work in the usual sense, but rather a cycle of ongoing activity in which the gallery functions as a locus of exchange for an unpredictable variety and quantity of materials. On opening night, the gallery will contain only empty bins. Throughout the project, a simultaneous process of filling and emptying the bins will be carried out by the community, who are invited to both contribute materials of any type and also to remove any materials which can be made useful.

The project transforms the idea of “viewer” into participant by inviting members of the community (not solely the art community or University community) to bring objects and materials of any sort to the gallery to deposit in the bins. In this way, discarded, forgotten, or formerly “useless” things are brought out of hiding and into the gallery. Placing objects in the bins constitutes an invitation to subsequent viewers to take the objects if they wish. The project’s creators feel that there is an important and simple message in the act of transformation that occurs when useless surplus can be made to fill a need for another person in another place. With active participation by the audience, the gallery becomes a model of engagement in a cycle of (re)distribution, (re)production, and (re)consumption.

The physical objective is to create a cycle: the gallery starts out empty, and returns to this state at the end of the project. The conceptual objective is to stimulate a current of exchange and interaction between an art community and the larger community in which it exists.

* The Resource Center is a not-for-profit environmental educational organization that has been recycling in Chicago for over twenty years. The Resource Center’s main location is 222 East 135th Place, Chicago, IL 60627.

PRINT COLLATERAL

Postcard: In & Out

Poster: In & Out

EXHIBITION SUPPORT

This exhibition is made possible by the School of Art and Design, the College of Architecture and the Arts; and supported in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Nathan Manilow Foundation.

MEDIA COVERAGE

Jones, Shannon. “The Art of Spring Cleaning.” Streetwise, Mar. 1, 1996, pp. C6–7.

Murphy, Mary. “In and Out.” Dialogue, May/June 1996.