LISTE 16, Basel
Jun 14 - Jun 19, 2011

FORT: The Eye Balled Walls
Room Installation and Performance

The installation shows a room in which a game of statics is being represented by its takers. There is hardly any actual motion left inside. The only exception is a pair of shoes behind a curtain, resembling a classic symbol of a controlling (or intimidated) force in the hiding. Someone is standing in the shoes, moving them slightly from time to time and watching the visitors through a tiny hole in the curtain.

Five billiard cues were sharpened up to the form of a speer, revealing a slightly violent outlook on their function. The title "Suitors" bears a double meaning, as the word can take the appearance of an admirer or (in law terms) an accuser. Two meanings are also present in the title of the painted curtain with the shoes. The word "Velvet" obviously refers to the fabric but is also used as a word for a huge, unexpected win in a game - a giant gain.

In the center of the room stands a vitrine which covers the starting situation of a billiard-like game. There's a triangle of hand polished black coal eggs and a golden fabergé-esque base holding a hard-boiled and peeled chicken egg that resembles the cue ball.
The concept reads the following:

As defined in the concept and title of "Threeway Pass (Draw Ball / Dead Ball / Follow Shot )", there are three moves of handling the egg after the piece has been installed:

1. The "Draw Ball" which is to exchange the egg for a new one as soon as it shows the first signs of decay (at least every three days).
2. The "Dead Ball" which is to have the egg frieze-dried and sealed with varnish, so that it remains in fresh appearance. (This will of course add an unnatural gloss to it's surface.)
3. The "Follow Shot" which is to let the egg decompose and disappear in an amount of years.

It is conceptually fixed that only the owner of the Eye Balled Walls may play the final passes of the game. He's permitted to show the work in all three constellations.

In the left corner of the room two shoeshine have been mounted onto the wall in a wrong position, making it impossible to clean the soles of the shoes other than destroying the leather on top.

Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing 731, 128 Rivington Street, 1993 & 2014 <> five insertions by Martin Kohout
Das stille Leben des Sammlers Kempinski
Martin Kohout: 5006 years of daylight and silent adaptation

Aggtelek <> Philadelphia Wireman
Artissima 20: Kazuko Miyamoto
Hanne Lippard <> Gwenn Thomas
Stephan Jung: [...]
Irregular Readings
Katharina Marszewski: CV CE LA VIE
LISTE 18: Aggtelek, Artie Vierkant, Martin
Kohout, Katharina Marszewski

Kazuko Miyamoto: Container
Erik Niedling with Ingo Niermann: The Chamber
Artie Vierkant: Configure

My safe reduction to form
Artissima 19: Aggtelek <> Gwenn Thomas
Mateusz Sadowski: Leak
Kazuko Miyamoto: Live End Dream No
LISTE 17: TM Davy: Strange Fire
2012: Goran Tomcic and Ze Coeupel (Ambra
Pittoni and Paul-Flavien Enriquez-Sarano)

Stuart Brisley
Art Brussels: Jo-ey Tang <> Stuart Brisley
Aggtelek: The Speaker

Document Performance

TM Davy: Epithalamium
Jo-ey Tang: Like An Intruder
art berlin contemporary: Katharina Marszewski
Art Gwangju: Double Democracy
LISTE 16: FORT: The Eye Balled Walls
Kathe Burkhart: Ubercunt. Selections
from The Liz Taylor Series and Other Works

Martin Kohout: Glare Inland, Quiet Attachment
Alida Müschen: Privat
Bob Mizer: Select Private Works 1942 - 1992

Milk Wood #2: Katharina Marszewski
Andrew Kerton: LAND
MilkWood #1: Carola Deye: Jeansmangel
Stuart Brisley: Measurement and Division
33 115 68
Anneli Schütz: Open Source
Heiner von Alberti: Es werden jetzt für die,
die noch gut sehen Minusbrillen ausgeteilt
Erik van der Weijde: Siedlung
Nadja Abt and Katharina Marszewski: Tabledance

Astrid Proll: Der Zug aus Leipzig
Wieland Speck: Berlin Off/On Wall
Shelly Silver: Former East/Former West
Jack Smith: Cologne, 1974. Photographs
by Gwenn Thomas, Film by Birgit Hein
Bill Jacobson: American Trip 1974-1978
Tom Holmes: Noisy Bottom
Howard McCalebb: Butterfly
Kazuko Miyamoto: String and Thread
Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing 815
KAISERIN Magazine Exhibition No 2.: Hors Les Murs

Ad Memoriam
Al Baltrop: Pier Photographs 1975-1986
Straight To Hell

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Eva Adolph Braun Hitler
video, 9.10min, 1998
Courtesy Invisible Exports, New York
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The Eye Balled Walls
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Hand-painted curtain, low-sound and a pair of shoes worn by one of the artists as a permanent performance for the duration of the fair,
300 x 290 cm, 2011
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Suitors (1 to 5)
Five wooden spray-painted Billiard Cue's each engraved with one letter of the artists name Fort and one dot, 160 x 3 x 3 cm each, 2011
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Threeway pass (Draw Ball / Dead Ball / Follow Shot)
Vitrine including 21 unique hand-polished coal eggs and one hard-boiled egg on golden holder, 100 x 125 x 70 cm. Black Lampshade with cord and lace, 35 x 95 x 40 cm
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Threeway pass (Draw Ball / Dead Ball / Follow Shot) (Detail)
Vitrine including 21 unique hand-polished coal eggs and one hard-boiled egg on golden holder

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Luke Butler
Luke Butler, 34, Artist, is gone
Found NY Times obituary, March 27, 2007.
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Lost Horizon
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Kathe Burkhart, Untitled,
Silkscreen vellum, 10 x 17 cm, 1996
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