Blanc de Chine (Sketches for a Comparative Analysis of Container Technologies)

Blanc de Chine (from the series ‘Sketches for a Comparative Analysis of Container Technologies’), Lark/Plunge, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany 2011.


Installation with porcelains, display cases (various dimensions; cupboard parts, fibreboard, plexiglass), and video on CRT-TV (11:00 min loop).



Immaculate white porcelain objects of phallic shape are presented in three vintage cupboards. The installation has the air of bourgeois living and simultaneously reminds of display cases for trophies and treasured objects. Yet, function and context of these daintily presented sculptures remain enigmatic. An old fashioned TV is included in the setting; The video is a collage from various educational movies shown in Japanese department stores, illustrating a particular pottery technique. The forms in the clip have an apparent resemblance with the exhibited sculptures. Underlying sexual connotations of a seemingly banal activity, such as pottery, become obvious in the actions of the video and refer back to the objects’ phallic shape. One way to read this installation is to comprehend it as a fictional documentary, encouraging the viewer to produce the objects on display by himself; Thus presenting an inherent work in the work. […]

Basra, Celina (curator): Lark/Plunge exhibition press release, 2011.


Installation view: Blanc de Chine (Sketches for a Comparative Analysis of Container Technologies), Lark/Plunge 2011.




Still images: Blanc de Chine (Sketches for a Comparative Analysis of Container Technologies) 2011.


Installation view: Blanc de Chine (Sketches for a Comparative Analysis of Container Technologies), Berlin University of the Arts 2011.