According to the Oxford English Dictionary, machine is ‘an apparatus using mechanical power and having several parts, each with a definite function and together performing a particular task.’ What happens however, if a meticulously devised machine happens to perform a task of a rather
indeterminate nature and is seemingly devoid of the aforementioned ‘definite function’ altogether? Well, it could either be a poorly engineered device, or the good old Rube Goldberg machine, whose most recent rendition by a Brooklyn-based kinetic artist Joseph Herscher has caught our attention. In the 2.08-minute clip, which has been watched by more than 5 million YouTube viewers since late December 2011, Joseph is seen seating by a table, ready to enjoy a perusal of a daily newspaper. Then he takes a sip of coffee…
Café of the Kunsthalle with the topic "What you love will also make you cry", by Tobias Rehberger, Photo by Wolfgang Günzel
Innovative and influential Swiss designer and artist Janette Laverrière turns 100 this year.
With the exhibition ‘Entre deux actes – Loge de comédienne’ theStaatliche Kunsthalle Baden Badenpresents examples of Janette Laverrière´s work together with spacial installations from the 1960s until today, which as well as Janette´s work represent an artistic discussion with topics such as design and private living spaces. Among them Fischli & Weiss, Martin Kippenberger, Carlo Molino, Cosima von Bonin, Tobias Rehberger.
Installation 'Entre deux actes, Loge de comédienne' by Janette Laverrière, 1947
Born in 1909 in Switzerland, Janette Laverrière studied in Basel at the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule, where she learned the fundamentals of drawing and decoration. After training in her father’s architecture practice, she designed her first pieces of furniture in the late 1920s and until 1945 collaborated on designs with her first husband, Maurice Pré. Involved in politics all of her life, Laverrière joined the Communist Party in 1945. Since then she has designed rooms, affordable furniture and “useless” objects. She began making mirrors in 1936—an interest that has continued throughout her career. From Laverrière’s earliest work on, her close study of the objects of domestic life has frequently led her to create works of art at a far remove from mere functionality and unencumbered by the wishes of her clients.
Ghost Wardrobe by Claes Oldenburg, 1967
Janette Laverrière / Nairy Baghramian / Carlo Mollino, Entre deux actes II (Loge des Comédiennes), reconstruction of the installation 'Entre deux actes'
The exhibition will be open until 10 October 2009.