Slow Races — Claudia Kappenberg
Familiar garden ornaments come to life and slowly drift around the Pavilion, celebrating their ornamental selves; in. A garden gnome addresses audiences from the bandstand of architect Niall McLaughlin with a provocative speech which challenges the ubiquitous utilitarianism of Modernity; in. Obility scooters roam around the grounds of the Pavilion like flocks of starlings, and visitors can take part in the Bucket Race, balancing buckets filled to the brim with water. Photos: Emma Marshall, John Islip.
Universal Declaration of the Human Right to Uselessness — Claudia Kappenberg
Rt really needs to keep open a space which is useless, so that things can come into that space which are not designated as required or needed, because if everything is required or needed, then things are not going to happen, not going to appear. So the strange, the uncanny, the not required, needs a door. Europe - or the West - has grappled with the idea of uselessness for a long time, at least since Plato, Aristotle, Ovid, through to Dante, Montaigne, Leopardi, Bataille, Ionesco and so on. E recognize o...