• Daru

    Displaying the non-object, the ‘figureless’

    Theresa Reimann-Dubbers

    The Showcase
    “A glass case used to display objects in a museum’”
    -Collins English Dictionary

    The Figure
    A celebrity among sculptures, The Winged Victory of Somathrace has
    been housed in the Louvre’s Daru staircase since 1884.
    According to the figure-ground phenomenon, when observing the sculpture,
    one is simultaneously perceiving its corresponding ground — the Daru Staircase.
    Together, the two form a stable figure-ground relationship.

    The Figureless
    By subtracting the figure from this stable equation, we are now left
    with the ‘figureless’ ground, the Daru staircase itself.

    The installation suggests the vaulted space that is the Daru staircase
    thus displaying the figureless ground, the non-object, by definition.

    10. January – 13. February 2017, 24/7
    Outdoor Showcase, UdK Berlin, Einsteinufer 43