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Profit | Decay

Katja Novitskova & Amalia Ulman

Survival Series, Arcadia Missa, London

24-27.02.2012

 

Katja Novitskova

Fitness Search, 2012

sculpture

deflated gym ball, Google Crome logo sticker

Katja Novitskova

Profit Display, 2012

sculpture

LCD TV screen, print on fabric, video loop

Katja Novitskova

Exotic Pets, 2012

sculpture

deflated gym ball, Nike push-up grips

Katja Novitskova

Value Pump, 2012

sculpture

gym ball pump, metal wall shelf

 

 

 

 

Amalia Ulman

 

 

Tila (Distressed energy drinks, cactus, soil, gypsophila/ baby's breath)

2012

 

XXMII (video ~site here), stained gym ball, Tburial

2012

Tburial (decomposed 1£ t-shirts) ~site here

2012

Untitled (salt on soil)

2012

 

Profit | Decay
A trophy decomposes, triumphs vanish and the symbol turns into dust. Everything goes back to the estate of calm, switching the energy infused towards production, to the lethargy of recuperation, the acedia of the spoiled and the otium of the wise.
The stillness that follows the storm keeps on working as a natural remedy for the anxious explosion of the oversaturated and the intoxicated. Austerity functions as an imposed salting of the earth (of the soil of wealth), stopping the invaders from continuing their duties but dispelling the affected from any chance of improvement: when the ceiling slowly falls down, movement is restricted and torpor is the most profitable path to survival.

Keywords
fitness, display, texture, flowers, remains, de-growth, calm, stillness, sterility, ashes, dust, dirt, rags, 2012, decline, putrefaction, rot, erosion, rest, paralysis, torpor